Academics & Spirituality



Larkins-Johnson ’24 Wins NAACP Medal

Troy Larkins-Johnson ’24 (pictured, far left) for winning a bronze medal for an original essay that he wrote for the South Jersey NAACP’s ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics) enrichment program for high school students in grades 9 – 12.

ACT-SO students sharpen their skills in visual arts, STEM, business, performing, and culinary arts and work with community-based volunteers for a year to develop and enhance projects and performances. The experience culminates in local and national events where students compete for scholarships and other rewards.

Four Seniors Earn National Merit Finalist Status​

Congratulations to our four seniors who are National Merit Finalists: (l-r) Daniel Canney, John Lawler, James Bidwell, Anthony Koh with Principal Andy Cavacos.



In April, the Prep hosted Kairos 190, the final Kairos retreat of the year. What an incredible series of four-day, life-changing experiences offered to our seniors and juniors.

Though the retreat is more than numbers, this year we had...
188 retreatants​
41 senior leaders
33 adult leaders

(including 10 colleagues leading for the first time!)

36 small groups
98 retreat talks
196 kairos songs

Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who encourage their sons to attend, the faculty/staff who volunteer their time, the senior leaders who return to lead the retreat, and to all who support the Kairos program! As the great Sr. Kate Woody, GNSH, who led over 100 Kairos retreats at the Prep, always said, “The Holy Spirit has never let us down!”

Della Strada

Doyle ’24 Is First SJP Student Confirmed Through Della Strada Program

This year, the Prep’s Mission and Ministry Office created the Della Strada program to offer Sacraments of Initiation for non-Catholic students. Earlier this month, senior Erick Doyle received the sacrament of confirmation at Old Saint Joseph’s Church becoming the first Prep student to utilize the program. Religious Studies Teacher Mr. Michael Gambone was there to celebrate Erick’s full entrance into the church.

Memoriam to the Lost

SJP and Gesu School Sponsor Second Annual Memoriam to the Lost

St. Joseph’s Prep and Gesu School students installed t-shirts to honor victims of gun violence with a Memorial to the Lost. The Memorial consists of 340 brightly colored t-shirts with the name and age of the gun violence victims in Philadelphia during 2023. This display is part of the Prep and Gesu School’s partnership with Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, an organization seeking gun violence prevention.

From May 6 through May 17, community members can experience in a tangible way the loss of life and disruption of lives that gun violence creates. The memorial will provide a space of healing for community members to share their stories and prayer. The display will stretch from 17th to 18th Street along Girard Avenue as well as within the Plaza outside of St. Joseph’s Prep.

The Prep and the Gesu School stand in witness in anticipation of June as Gun Violence Awareness Month and will continue to pray and advocate for an end to gun violence.