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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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Violet Oakley Exhibit at Woodmere Art Museum
Violet Oakley Exhibit at Woodmere Art Museum

Violet Oakley—muralist, portraitist, stained glass designer, and illustrator—gained international fame for her prestigious government commissions for the Pennsylvania State Capitol. 

Oakley, a Chestnut Hill resident, had a close connection with GFS, and was the creator of the GFS school seal, which she made at the request of the GFS Class of 1924 while working on the Harrisburg capital building murals (from 1902 to 1927). 

She also selected the motto "Behold I set before thee an open door," which is now fundamental to the school's philosophy and mission. This seal continues to be in use today, 93 years later.

GFS students maintained a relationship with Oakley and recreated her capital murals with tableaux in 1933; Oakley attended the performance. 

GFS shared the photo of Oakley's original sketch of the seal, and of the GFS students in tableaux, with an upcoming exhibition at the Woodmere Art Museum called "A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance.

The exhibit opens on September 30, 2017 and runs through January 21, 2018.

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