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Over 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years, in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%.

Kimberly's path to success

Thanks to generous supporters and people like you, we’ve been able to transform the lives of Philadelphia children with a top-notch education.

Children like Kimberly. She was our student council president in her 8th grade year.

But life didn’t start out like that for Kimberly…

Vacant lots and dilapidated houses litter the neighborhood where Kimberly grew up. At her local elementary school, three out of four children can’t read or do math at their grade level. It’s not an environment that instills hope.

But every day for nine years, Kimberly came to the brightly painted halls and welcoming classrooms of Gesu School. Teacher Shirley Bright drew out her voice in the forensics and theatre programs. Dr. Eileen Erwin prepared her to write high school caliber papers in advanced writing class. Student council activities stretched her budding leadership skills.

All of these life-changing programs, outstanding teachers, and clean, inspiring classrooms are right here in North Philadelphia because of our supporters. In fact, Kimberly’s single mother of five could never have afforded Kimberly’s education without the help of people like you.

Today, Kimberly is a stand-out sophomore at Merion Mercy Academy.  Her talents earned her a full-tuition academic scholarship to attend the selective school.

“[If it weren’t for Gesu], I don’t think I would have been that interested in school... I wouldn’t have received the opportunities I did, and I probably wouldn’t have ended up at Merion Mercy Academy,” Kimberly asserts.

Kimberly aspires to become a lawyer, and ultimately a judge. We can’t wait to hear all about her amazing achievements as she finishes high school and heads off to college. And we can’t wait to tell you all about it, because our students’ successes are yours as well.

Kimberly's education was funded in part by the bequest of a friend of Gesu School. Please help another child like Kimberly tomorrow by including Gesu in your will today. Making a bequest is as simple as naming The Gesu School, Inc., in your will.

Get more information about other types of planned gifts and additional ways to help Gesu’s children.

Kimberly and her classmate Madison enrolled at Merion Mercy Academy after graduation.

Kimberly (left) and her classmate Madison both went to Merion Mercy Academy after graduating from Gesu School in 2012. A bequest helped pay for Kimberly's Gesu education.