Gesu Update blog posts

A Message of Strength, Hope, Community, and Justice

Dear Gesu School Community,
The past few months have challenged us in ways that we could not have imagined. We are enduring both a public health pandemic and a pandemic of injustice. But we cannot despair. Now is a time for strength, hope, community, and justice. These values are central to our Gesu community.

COVID-19 updates and response from Gesu School

Virtual/Online Learning Started March 16, 2020

In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf's order that all Pennsylvania schools remain closed for the remainder of this academic year, virtual/online learning is in effect at Gesu School. Please see below for a list of resources you may find useful during these uncertain times.

Philadelphia Family Resources and Listings of Local Free Food Sites

City of Philadelphia Sponsored Food Sites

Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) Sponsored Feeding Sites 

March 5, 2020 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

Will you join us to make a difference in children's lives? On March 5, Gesu School is striving to meet three challenges! You can help raise critical funds for 450 students in North Philadelphia.  

Every day, Gesu provides a life-changing education. To continue as a trailblazer in urban education, Gesu relies on the annual support of donors. The One Day Challenge plays a vital role in raising the funds necessary to offer an innovative learning environment. Together, we are shaping today's learners into tomorrow's leaders.

2020 One Day Challenge Goals:

Challenge #1: If 650 friends make a donation, in any amount, The Z Foundation will contribute $15,000 to Gesu.

2020 Gesu Gala: Celebrate with Us on May 20 Online!

The 2020 Gesu Gala and Online Auction are here! Join us online to support our 450 students and as we honor Spirit Medalists Rosemary Español, CFM and Saint Joseph’s University. We also recognize Imani Briscoe ’09, recipient of the inaugural James F. Higgins (’45) Distinguished Alumni Award. Read about her accomplishments in this Catholic Philly feature story

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform Christmas Concert Dec. 12, 2019 in Church of the Gesu

Join us to hear the beautiful voices of the Gesu Gospel Choir and to share Christmas joy!
As our gift to the community, Gesu School presents our annual Christmas concert in the Church of the Gesu on Thursday, December 12, 2019. All are welcome!

6:00 pm      Pre-concert hot cocoa and cookies

6:30 pm      Christmas concert begins

We hope you can join us for this festive performance!

To RSVP, click here. Or, contact Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina at 215-763-9077 or sarah.cuzzolina@gesuschool.org.

A Synopsis & Photos from the 2019 Gesu Symposium

Gesu School hosted its 22nd Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education on November 1, 2019. As a national model for inner-city education, Gesu School remains at the forefront of identifying new ways to better serve students across the country and sharing these key learnings.

The 2019 symposium featured Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA. Noguera is the author of eleven books and over 200 articles and monographs. He appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. He has served as a tenured professor and held endowed chairs at NYU, Harvard, and UC Berkeley.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education Is Nov. 1. Register Today!

You are invited to Gesu School's 22nd Annual Symposium! Join us for an empowering afternoon with Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor, acclaimed author, and media commentator. Noguera will speak on the role of educators in building a school’s capacity to meet student needs.

Friday, November 1, 2019
Gesu School Sherrerd Gymnasium
12pm - 1pm    Networking & Light Refreshments
  1pm - 3pm    Symposium

Registration is closed. A few walk-in seats are available.​

Gesu School’s Junior Board to Host Rooftop Fundraiser on September 27

Help Gesu School provide innovative education in North Philadelphia! Spend a fall evening in the city on the Gesu rooftop with skyline views, outdoor games, delicious food, and more! Young professionals and friends will enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers, while supporting 450 Gesu School students.

Friday, September 27, 2019
6pm – 8pm
Age 21 and above

Beer and Wine Open Bar
Appetizers donated by Farmer’s Keep and RR. King Catering 
Dessert donated by Insomnia Cookies

Purchase Tickets at the Door. Tickets No Longer Available Online.
Price at the Door: $30 donation per person
Gesu Alumni (Age 21 and above): $20 donation per person​

Gesu School Celebrates 25th Anniversary Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to the Gesu Class of 2019, who graduated on June 12 in the Church of the Gesu. We are proud of our 8th graders' accomplishments in academics, soft skills, and service. Our Gesu graduates earned $465,488 in scholarships and financial aid! Thank you to Gesu teachers and staff, families, board members, and friends for supporting our students and making this milestone possible. We look forward to learning of our students’ future achievements.

Students celebrated earning their diplomas and special scholarships, expressing their joy through prayer and song. To demonstrate their gratitude, the Class of 2019 presented a donation to the Haitian missions and shared roses with their families.

Highlights from the 25th Anniversary Gesu Gala

Thank you to all who supported the 25th Anniversary Gesu Gala! The gala drew nearly 500 attendees and raised more than $500,000! Gesu is grateful for this incredible support for our mission. Your generosity enables Gesu School to deliver innovative, holistic education and ensure that North Philadelphia’s children achieve bright futures.

Enjoy the below photos and videos from the evening. Watch this thank you message from Gesu students!