Gesu Update blog posts

March 14 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

Will you join us to make a difference in children's lives? On March 14, Gesu School is striving to meet three challenges! You can help raise critical funds for 450 children in North Philadelphia.

Every day, Gesu provides our students with an innovative, 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 enriching learning environment.


Challenge #1: If 650 friends make a donation, in any amounton March 14, The Z Foundation will contribute $15,000 to Gesu School!

Announcing Gesu School's 2019 Spirit Medalist!

Gesu School is honored to announce Winston J. Churchill as our 2019 Gesu Spirit Medalist. He will be recognized with Gesu’s highest honor at the 25th Anniversary Gesu Gala on May 9, 2019, for his extraordinary dedication to Gesu School.


Winston J. Churchill
Chairman Emeritus, Gesu School Board of Directors

Gesu Gospel Choir to Sing at Rittenhouse Tree Lighting on November 27, 2018

The Gesu Gospel Choir has been invited to perform at the 2018 Rittenhouse Tree Lighting! Come hear the voices of the choir usher in the holiday season and bring joy to our city at this festive event. We hope to see you there! Kate Bilo from CBS 3 and The CW Philly will host this special occasion.

Tuesday, November 27
Beginning at 5 pm

Rittenhouse Square Park
18th and Walnut Streets 

For more information:

Friends of Rittenhouse
Facebook Event


Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform Christmas Concert in Church of the Gesu on December 13, 2018

Join us to hear the beautiful voices of the choir and share Christmas joy! As our gift to the community, Gesu School presents our annual Christmas concert in the Church of the Gesu at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 13, 2018. This year, we welcome special guests from St. Joseph's Prep Dei Gloriam Vocal Ensemble. 

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.

All are welcome!

A Synopsis & Photos from the 21st Annual Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education

Gesu School hosted its 21st Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education on November 2, 2018. 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. They symposium has been a time-honored tradition for these purposes. 

Steve Pemberton, c-suite executive for Globoforce, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Monster.com, and best-selling author of A Chance in the World, now a major motion picture, gave a hope-filled keynote address on Everyday Heroes: Unveiling the Power of Educators.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education Is Nov. 2. Register today!

You are invited to Gesu School's 21st Annual Symposium on Inner-City Education! Join us for this inspiring afternoon about the power of educators with Steve Pemberton, acclaimed speaker and author of A Chance in the World, now a major motion picture.

Tickets are free! Registration is required.

Friday, November 2, 2018
Gesu School Sherrerd Gymnasium
12pm - 1pm    Networking & Light Refreshments
1pm - 3pm      Symposium

25th Anniversary Celebratory Mass in the Church of the Gesu on October 27

The Church of the Gesu will open its doors to the community to commemorate Gesu School’s 25th Anniversary as an independent Catholic school. This special occasion recognizes the vital role that the church has played in Gesu School's history as a former parish school and its ongoing importance to our school today. All are welcome.


Gesu School Celebratory Mass

Celebrant, Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.
Chaplain, Gesu School

Music by the Gesu Gospel Choir


October 27, 2018

11:30 a.m.

Gesu School’s Junior Board to Host Rooftop Fundraiser on October 12

Help Gesu School provide quality 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, October 12, 2018
6pm – 8pm
Age 21 and above

Beer and Wine Open Bar
Appetizers donated by Farmer’s Keep
Dessert donated by Insomnia Cookies

Price in Advance: $25 donation per person
Price at the Door: $30 donation per person


First Week of School Launches 25th Anniversary Celebrations!

The 2018-2019 academic year marks Gesu School’s 25th Anniversary as an independent Catholic school and a national model of inner-city education.

We are delighted to welcome back our 450 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Enjoy a glimpse of Gesu’s first week! 

Gesu School is in the news for our 25th Anniversary! Read these articles: 

Gesu School Kicks Off 2018-19 School Year with 25th Anniversary Rooftop Celebration
9/21/2018 – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun – Philadelphia Sun Staff

Congratulations to the Gesu School Class of 2018!

Gesu School is proud of our 8th graders, who graduated on June 13, 2018, at The Church of the Gesu. We thank Gesu families, teachers, staff, supporters, board members, and friends for your role in making this milestone possible for our students. The Class of 2018 will attend outstanding high schools, listed below. We look forward to learning of their future accomplishments!