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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! 

The 25th Anniversary Gesu Gala is May 9!

The 25th Anniversary Gesu Gala promises to be our most inspiring evening of the year! Join us at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue on May 9, 2019 from 6-9pm to support Gesu School's students. This memorable evening includes:

  • Presentation of the Gesu Spirit Medal to Winston J. Churchill
  • Cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and sit-down dinner
  • Inspiring performances by Gesu students and alumni, including the Gesu Gospel Choir
  • Live auction with one-in-a-lifetime opportunities
  • Silent student art auction
  • Junior Board silent auction


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

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, 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