About GFS

Accreditations and Memberships

We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSS). We are also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) and the Friends Council on Education.

Fast Facts

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Overview and History

  • Founded in 1845 by the Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends 
  • Co-ed Kindergarten through 12th grade 
  • Dana Okeson Weeks, Head of School
  • Community Scholars Program celebrates 50 years 
  • Edward E. Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Initiative grant recipient 

Student Body

  • 864 Students 
  • 1:8 Faculty to Student ratio 
  • 30% Students of color 
  • 6% Quaker 
  • 100% Graduates attend four-year college 
  • 19 National Merit Finalists in 2013 and 2014
  • 24 Friends League Championships since fall 2009
  • 12% Children or grandchildren of alumni

Faculty 

  • Full time faculty: 85
  • Part time faculty: 25
  • Assistant teachers/aides: 19
  • Administrators who teach: 6
  • Average 20 years teaching experience 
  • 73% of faculty hold advanced degrees
  • 17% faculty and administrators of color 
  • 11% Quaker faculty and administrators

Finances 

  • Current operating budget: $20 million 
  • Tuition: $21,120 for Kindergarten to $31,575 for 9th through 12th grades 
  • Financial Aid awarded to 29% of students, including 17 Community Scholars in grades 6-12
  • $1,369,769 raised in 2013-14 Annual Giving program from 2,213 donors, 114% of goal 
  • Alumni participation 29%
  • Faculty/Staff participation 90%
  • Parent participation 75% 
  • School Committee participation 100% 

Recent Campus Capital Improvements  

Over the past ten years we have raised $36.3 million to increase endowment and for these capital improvements:

  • 2009 Wade Science Center 
  • 2008 Friends Free Library Renovation 
  • 2005 The Campus Common 
  • 2004 Field House 
  • 2004 Loeb Performing Arts Center 
  • 2003 Greenawalt Track and Field 
  • 1997 Hargroves Center