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Gesu School 30th Anniversary Events

The 2023-24 academic year commemorates Gesu School’s 30th anniversary as an independent Catholic school and our 150th anniversary educating children in North Philadelphia. These events will celebrate this special year. Check back for finalized times and for the date of our 30th Anniversary Gesu Gala.

Throughout this year ahead, Gesu will reflect back on our history of transforming lives through faith, love, and learning. And we remain committed to a hopeful future, for our students and our community.

Saturday, October 14, 2023
Fall Family Party (For current Gesu students and families)     


Thursday, November 2, 2023
Gesu Board of Trustees 30th Anniversary Reunion


Gesu Gospel Choir Appears on PBS WHYY

The Gesu Gospel Choir has been selected as a semi-finalist in the WHYY Lifting Voices in Praise Gospel competition and participated in filming at WHYY on September 9 at the regional competition. Congratulations to these 5th - 8th graders for their hard work and for being honored as one of only eighteen semi-finalists across the WHYY viewing area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Watch the choir's performance on the WHYY website here.  (See the day 1 video at minute 36.) 

We celebrate their gift of song and Gesu's Choir Director, H.L. Ratliff.

Celebrating Back-to-School & 30 Years!

Gesu welcomes our community to the 2023-24 school year! We're filled with hope for this new year of learning together. This year, Gesu celebrates our 30th anniversary as an independent Catholic school and our 150th anniversary educating children in North Philadelphia. We reflect back on our history of transforming lives through faith, love, and learning. And we remain committed to a hopeful future, for our students and our community. Stay tuned for events to commemorate this special year!

See more photos from our first day of school on our Facebook and Instagram channels.

Commencement Speakers U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Ric Harris of NBC10 Philadelphia celebrate Gesu graduates!

Congratulations to the Gesu School Class of 2023! We are proud of all that these students have accomplished, and especially their motivation and heart. These compassionate, talented students bring us hope for the future. The Class of 2023 will attend the high schools listed below. 

Special thanks to our two commencement speakers: U.S. Senator Bob Casey, who shared a special video address for Gesu families on the 40th anniversary of his teaching and coaching at Gesu School through Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 (WCAU), Telemundo62 (WWSI), and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Watch Senator Casey’s message to Gesu students on our YouTube channel here.

March 16 is Gesu School's One Day Giving Challenge!

Will you join Gesu to make a difference in children's lives? On March 16, Gesu is striving to meet four challenges! You can help spread awareness and raise critical funds for 400 students in North Philadelphia. Make your donation to provide hope and limitless possibilities for children's lives. 

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 and to support our community's wellness, from school counseling to after-school programs, and our graduate support program. A gift of any size makes a difference! 

Join us for the Gesu Gala on May 18! Online auctions open May 16!

You’re invited to the 2023 Gesu Gala at Vie by Cescaphe in Philadelphia. Our newly formatted event is Thursday, May 18 at 6pm and includes:

The Gesu Gospel Choir and St. Joseph's Prep Concert Band perform Philadelphia Eagles fight song. Watch the news coverage!

Students from the Gesu Gospel choir joined together with the St. Joseph’s Prep Concert Band to cheer on the Super Bowl bound Philadelphia Eagles.

Watch the news coverage on CBS3 Philadelphia!

Congratulations to the students on sharing their talents and showing their support for our City!

We’re grateful to Gesu Choir Director H.L. Ratliff and St. Joseph’s Prep Band Director Gavin McCauley for their leadership and creativity.

For more, follow us on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages! Fly, Eagles, Fly!

Gesu open house for prospective families is March 28! Register today!

Considering a new Philadelphia school for your child in grades Pre-K – 8? You’re invited to Gesu School’s Open Houses! Gesu is an independent Catholic school offering a caring community and tuition assistance for those who qualify.  

Open Houses offer an opportunity to:     

Gesu School Partners with St. Joseph’s Prep, Saint Joseph's University and Interfaith Philadelphia for MLK Day of Service Celebration


U.S. Senator Bob Casey showed his support to volunteers at the MLK Day of Service at Gesu School. 

This MLK Day, Gesu School, St. Joseph’s Prep School, Saint Joseph's University and Interfaith Philadelphia joined forces to organize an MLK Day of Service where over 275 of their community members, as well as U.S. Senator Bob Casey, came to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform Christmas Concert December 15, 2022 in the Church of the Gesu

A beloved Gesu tradition returns! 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 15, 2022. All are welcome!

To RSVP, contact Kimberly Brennan, Senior Director of Advancement, at 215-543-6176 or

We hope you can join us for this festive performance!

Thursday, December 15, 2022 
Christmas concert begins at 6:30 pm.

Church of the Gesu
N. 18th & W. Stiles Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19121