Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls and Holy Family University in Philadelphia agreed to work together closely in a partnership announced May 16.

The agreement will enable students of the girls-only high school who graduate with at least a 2.5 grade point average to apply to the university without paying application fees. Dual-credit courses will be available for the students at Holy Family and credits will count toward both high school and college requirements.

The agreement also will allow staff of Little Flower to enroll in Holy Family’s undergraduate and graduate courses and degree programs with waived admission fees and opportunities for grants.

“We are very happy to be able to announce a partnership between Holy Family University and Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls,” said Carol Cary, superintendent of secondary schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. “As with the previously announced partnership with Archbishop Ryan High School, this arrangement with Holy Family University will offer new opportunities and avenues for the young women of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls to pursue.”

Archbishop Ryan, located in far Northeast Philadelphia, entered its agreement with Holy Family March 20.

“The faculty of Little Flower will also be able to reap the benefits of the partnership with a highly competitive local university,” Cary said. “We are thrilled to expand our connection with Holy Family University and continue to look for opportunities to enhance the educational landscape for our students.”

Located in lower Northeast Philadelphia, Little Flower is an archdiocesan high school founded in 1939 that currently enrolls about 700 girls.

“Holy Family University continues to be committed to supporting and nurturing our local Catholic High Schools,” said University President Sister Francesca Onley, C.S.F.N.

“Through our latest partnership with Little Flower High School we look forward to offering students, faculty and staff new opportunities for educational growth through our promotion of values-based education.”

Founded in 1954 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Holy Family University has locations in Bensalem and Newtown in addition to its main campus in Northeast Philadelphia. More than 3,100 students are currently enrolled.