Award Year: 2021

Girard Academic Music Program

2136 W. Ritner Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19145-4206

(215) 400-8230

Ms. Jovan A. Moore, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Philadelphia City School District

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Girard Academic Music Program prepares students for success by focusing on the development of the whole learner through a rigorous academic and musical curriculum.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 26%
  • White: 40%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Two or more races: 9%
Music students participating in a master class, Come From Away

Music students participating in a master class, Come From Away

Girard Academic Music Program was founded in 1974 in the School District of Philadelphia, with the distinct purpose of creating a desegregated school for students with a focus on music and academics. Our program affords students the ability to focus on vocal or instrumental music, coupled with a rigorous academic program that prepares students for college and career. While our music program makes us unique, servicing grades 5-12 gives us the ability to follow students as they grow throughout their middle and high school years. We believe that a student-focused approach guides our belief that each student has something unique to offer our school community and the world at large.

Our diverse population and the combination of music and academics prepare students for collaborative work environments in the future. Even though we are a small school of just 626 students, we offer myriad opportunities for students, inclusive of: 7 Advanced Placement courses, 8 specialized music ensembles, 4 choirs, athletics, and student organizations and activities. We value our partnerships with the Mann Music Center, Philly Pops, the Lantern Theater, WHYY, Dual enrollment at the Community College of Philadelphia, Poetry Outloud, Women of Tomorrow, and Astral Artists. We believe these partnerships enrich our students' lives outside of the traditional classroom. Our program has afforded us our our largest accomplishment, a 100% graduation rate. We take pride in this, because we believe in preparing students for the next stage of life.