Serviam Girls Academy

Mission Statement

Serviam Girls Academy is a tuition-free, independent Catholic middle school in the Ursuline tradition for young women of all faiths from low-income families.  Serviam empowers students to succeed in high school and become leaders who serve their families and the needs of society through a dynamic academic program and the development of the whole person in an atmosphere of respect and responsibility.

About Serviam Girls Academy

Through its innovative educational programs, Serviam Girls Academy strives to break the cycle of poverty, crime, and underachievement that threatens underserved girls, and replace it with a cycle of challenge, structure, and success.  Created in the Nativity-Miguel model of Middle Schools, Serviam Girls Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2008 to seventeen 5th and 6th graders.  It now has 54 students enrolled in grades 5 through 8. Serviam students and their families commit to an extended 10-hour day and 11-month year that involves five components: academics, enrichment, athletics, the Graduate Support Program, and the mandatory Summer Program. This multidimensional educational model provides the students with life's necessities, including food and safety, while  also minimizing common struggles of low-income, minority populations in Wilmington, providing a solid foundation upon which to build their future.  

The success of this model is evident in the achievements of Serviam's 43 alumnae, 98% of whom have either graduated from or are currently enrolled in high school. These Serviam graduates are enrolled in over ten of the area's private, charter, and votech schools, where they are found competing on sports teams, singing their way into the pop music culture or a role in the school play, leading the mock trial team or cheerleading squad, and achieving academic honors. One of our first graduates has even realized her dream to enter the fashion world by obtaining admission into LIM College of Fashion and Design in Manhattan, attributing Serviam with helping her find her voice and her way.

Contact Information

Joan Fassano Phone: 302-651-9700 jfassano@serviamgirlsacademy.org