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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!  

2018 Gesu Gala, “Mapping Bright Futures,” a Success!

Thank you to all who supported the 2018 Gesu Gala! Your generosity, time, prayer, and presence enable Gesu School to deliver the highest quality education and to ensure that each child achieves his or her bright future.

The gala drew 325 attendees! We raised more than $385,000 in total, including $55,000 through our auctions and $40,000 for Gesu’s after-school program. We are so grateful for this incredible support for our mission. Enjoy the below photos and videos from the evening. Watch this special thank you message from Gesu students! 

Best-Selling Author Shares Story of Grit & Self-Determination with Students

“Be YOUR best, not somebody else’s.” On March 27, 2018, Gesu School, St. Joseph’s Prep, and the Maryland Province of Jesuits welcomed best-selling author, c-suite executive, and motivational speaker, Steve Pemberton. Pemberton’s powerful message and life story inspired more than 1,000 middle and high school students gathered in the Kelly Fieldhouse to believe in themselves and to persevere.

The 2018 Gesu Gala is May 10 at Vie!

The 2018 Gesu Gala promises to be our most inspiring evening of the year! Join us at Vie in Center City on May 10, 6-9pm to support the children of Gesu School. This memorable evening includes: 

Gesu School Celebrates Black History Month 2018!

At Gesu School, we believe that every month is Black History Month. We are especially proud to commemorate the accomplishments of African Americans each February. School-wide, students researched their heroes and learned about their importance in history and contributions across the globe. Enjoy these highlights from Gesu’s 2018 Black History Month celebrations!

Fifth grade girls in Teacher Tammi Crummy's class presented a "live museum" of their African American heroines. Students did research on their Chromebooks, wrote a paper, and designed a poster. The learning didn't stop there! The girls shared their knowledge with the entire school and their families at their exhibit, where they came to life as their heroines.

March 1 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

On March 1, Gesu School is striving to meet three challenges to raise critical funds for 450 children in North Philadelphia. You can help! 

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

Challenge #2: If we receive 50 donations of $100 - $499, Tim & Ellen Foster will donate $5,000 to Gesu School.

Challenge #3If we receive 10 donations of $500 or more, a generous supporter will donate $5,000 to Gesu School.

Will you join us today to make a difference in children's lives? 

Highlights from Catholic Schools Week 2018!

Brimming with unique activities, prayer, and service, the Gesu community celebrated Catholic Schools Week from January 23-February 3. Catch a glimpse of these special days and how Gesu embraced this year’s theme from the National Catholic Educational Association: “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Gesu School is proud of our Catholic identity as a Jesuit and IHM school that educates the whole child—from academics to character development.

During Catholic Schools Week, Gesu School students celebrate the community by donating more than 500 packaged food items to the Nutritional Development Services (NDS) Community Food Program. We are proud of them for being young “men and women for others." Thanks to student council for collecting and organizing all of the donations.