Holy Ghost Prep welcomes its largest freshman class in over a decade
Posted 08/18/2017 05:11AM

Holy Ghost Prep welcomes its largest freshman class in over a decade

During a time when many independent and Catholic schools are experiencing declines in enrollment, Holy Ghost Prep remains an attractive choice for area families.

Holy Ghost Prep welcomes 134 students in its Class of 2021, its largest incoming freshman class in over a decade. In addition, HGP has four new transfer students into its other high school classes. With the addition of these transfer students, HGP’s net retention is above 100%—well outpacing the national average for independent day schools in the United States.

As part of its Vision 2020 initiative, Holy Ghost Prep has a stated goal of having an enrollment of 510 students by the year 2020 and is making steady progress toward that goal. Holy Ghost’s third consecutive robust admissions year and stellar retention rate brings the school’s total enrollment to 495 students, a significant rise from the 449 students on campus in 2014.

The Class of 2021 comes to Holy Ghost Prep from 43 different grade schools and middle schools. Fifty percent of the freshmen class is receiving need or merit-based scholarship money, and HGP’s Class of 2021 is made up of students from Bucks County (70 percent of the class), Philadelphia (22 percent), New Jersey (four percent) and Montgomery County (four percent).

“Area families are clearly seeing the Holy Ghost difference. They are attracted by Holy Ghost’s proven approach that uniquely prepares its graduates for college and to eventually be the capable leaders the world needs,” says Gregory J. Geruson ’79, President of Holy Ghost Prep. “Our Spiritan mission enables us to challenge our students to engage deeply in learning, appreciate one another, and grow into adults who are intellectually curious, ethically sure-footed, and generous of heart and mind.”

Blessed with these traits, Holy Ghost Prep graduates are annually sought after by some of the world’s most admired colleges and universities. Fifty-two percent of Holy Ghost’s Class of 2017 will attend colleges and universities that are ranked in the U.S. News and World Report’s National Top 100. The Class of 2017 will attend 50 different colleges this fall.