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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 overwhelmed 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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Journalistic Gold for Sarah Levin '19 and Jonnie Plass '17

Two of our student journalists, Sarah Levin '19 and Jonnie Plass '17,  have been awarded Gold Circles in the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association's annual journalism competition.

Gold Circles are awarded for individual pieces in various categories for outstanding writing, photography, illustration, and design. 

The awards are:

First Place for "General or Humor Commentary"
Sarah Levin '19, "A Lament for Lost Words: What's the SAT without 'purl' and 'penumbra'?", Earthquake Winter 2017 magazine

Third Place for "Photo Story"
Jonnie Plass '17, "Going Out on a High Note," about the departure of Cunningham Piano from Germantown
Earthquake Fall 2016 magazine

Read more about the awards here.

A total of 11,259 entries were received from students at colleges, universities and middle and secondary schools throughout the United States. From these, judges cited a total of 1,080 winners for either First, Second or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention in a category. 

Congratulations to Sarah, Jonnie, and last year's editorial team, led by editor-in-chief Lucy Curtis '17. 

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