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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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Halloween Parade
Halloween Parade

Please join us for our Lower School Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 31, at 8:30 a.m. in the Loeb Performing Arts Center. We encourage you to take costumes home with you when you leave campus following the parade.

For children whose families do not observe Halloween, there will be an alternate supervised activity planned from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Let your child's classroom teacher know if you would like to take advantage of this option.

Important Information about the Halloween Parade:

  • As you and your child plan this year's costume, here are some guidelines to consider in order to avoid insensitive stereotypes: We're A Culture, Not a Costume.  
     
  • Please also remember that anything that can be construed as a weapon is not allowed as part of a costume, and to be sensitive to the very young children who participate. Excessive blood or scary or violent masks and make-up are not appropriate.
     
  • Children should come to school that morning in costume and bring with them a change of clothes.
     
  • The spaces between bench rows in the Auditorium are very tight. WE STRONGLY DISCOURAGE BULKY COSTUMES because children will simply not be able to sit nor will they be able to move easily onto the stage.
     
  • During the parade, each class will take its turn on stage as we enjoy each other's costumes and general frivolity! Immediately following the event, Lower School students will continue the parade through parts of campus, then return to their classrooms, change into regular clothes, and proceed with the rest of the school day.
     
  • There will be limited parking available on the Pennsbury-Greene Playground for the duration of the event.
     
  • We will have reserved seating on the main floor of the Auditorium for classes. We ask parents to sit in the second floor balcony. We will have some seats available in the back of the Auditorium for those who have difficulty negotiating steps.

We look forward to seeing you on October 31. It should be a scream!
 

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