Welcome from the Head of School

  • “Education begins as a celebration and exploration of the human condition and emerges as an awareness of the greater moral imperative to others. There is movement from thought to action.”

    Dana Weeks, Head of School

There are countless reasons why Germantown Friends School is recognized as a truly great and singular independent Quaker school, why it is cherished by the community and why it remains inimitable. At GFS, Meeting for Worship and the Quaker Testimonies—Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship—underscore all that we do.  Meeting (unprogrammed, silent, reflective communal time) is a weekly event, experienced school-wide. This foundation is reinforced by our annual celebration of two testimonies, which serve as curricular threads and inform all of our work throughout the school year.  This year, we will focus on the testimonies of Peace and Community.

At GFS, we do not preach our beliefs and values, we practice them.

Because we believe that every individual has “that of God within,” the search for and celebration of each student’s inner light extends well beyond the walls of the Meetinghouse. For us, the arts, community involvement, the life of the mind, the care of the body and the inclusion of distinct voices and perspectives are concomitants of the GFS mission. They are buoyed by our steadfast commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and administration.  

At GFS, our philosophy of education and our mission go hand-in-hand.

Enthusiasm, creativity and goodwill abound here at school, whether in our fifth-grade May Day celebration; Lower School math in action; the hubs of creative expression that are our art studios; the development of leadership skills in our Upper School clubs and affinity groups; the transcendent sound of the choir; or great competition on our playing fields. Each day, I witness joy in learning, celebrations of individuality and demonstrations of community involvement. 

At GFS, we truly live our mission.

I encourage you to explore these pages, taking particular care to look for those places where you can see your child—or, if you’re a student, yourself—searching, learning, growing, being challenged, discovering a distinct inner light and thriving. I am wholeheartedly confident that, in doing so, GFS will come to feel like your home, too.

Dana Weeks

Head of School