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explore our CAMPUS

What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming ovewhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Lower School

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middle SCHOOL
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WHEN yOu bEgIN WITH THE bELIEF that each person has a unique inner light, great things can happen. At GFS, we discover and nurture a multitude of hidden talents. We teach each child to speak his or her mind, and make sure every voice is heard. We believe community is built on a foundation of mutual respect. Read Our Mission

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At GFS, we instill in our students the belief that they can achieve anything, and allow them the opportunity to grow, to step forward as leaders and to find their own way. As a result, our graduates have the creativity and confidence to write their own definitions of success.

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in grades K–12


Student-to-faculty ratio



66% hold advanced degrees

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Athletic championship titles
since 2006


National Merit Finalists since 2011


National Merit Scholars since 2011


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Upper School students who designed a Directed Independent Study in 2015-16


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Nobel Laureates
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LEED Gold building,
the Wade Science Center


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The entire eighth grade came together to begin the year with thoughtful purpose by examining their differences and commonalities.

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For a GFS Education

We need more schools like GFS to teach the next generation of young people the knowledge to improve their lives and the lives of others, and the keen desire to do so.

Leah Rosenberg GFS Class of 1982

Germantown Friends is not just a campus filled with buildings. It embodies a community that inspires, supports and promotes the right ingredients for success.

Michelle Marshall GFS Parent

My life would not be what it is today had GFS
not been a part of it.

Eric Owen russell GFS Class of 1978

There is a shared belief in the power and value of education that unites the school community and the families who choose GFS. At every grade level, you find teachers who are passionate about intellectual exploration. You see a true excitement about learning.

Faye Steacy Retired Lower School Teacher

GFS gave me the confidence to reach for success, a foundation of knowledge to build upon, and the assurance that there would always be unconditional support for my goals from people I'm proud to call my friends.

Reiss Clauson-Wolf GFS Class of 2009

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