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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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Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Program is a rich, nurturing environment where children engage in activities that support their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Guided by Quaker principles and in partnership with parents, we provide a foundation that enables children to become lifelong learners.

Our multidisciplinary curriculum is taught through a combination of structured activities and free exploration. This integrated approach leads to an examination of literacy, numeracy and the arts, and includes projects such as cooking, book writing and dramatic play. The classes undertake topical units of group interest. Critical thinking is woven into every activity, as children make observations, discuss them, and begin to understand how similarities and differences enrich the classroom community. Equal emphasis is placed on a child’s ability to express his or her feelings and ideas in appropriate ways; on the peaceful resolution of differences; on the capacity to listen and take turns; and on each child’s ability to be a responsible member of the group.

The Early Childhood curriculum addresses the developmental skills that lead to success in Kindergarten. This includes helping children sit and listen, focus, make thoughtful choices, follow multi-step directions and self-regulate. We strive to work together, communicate often and share our insights with parents and/or caregivers. We foster a strong sense of self, positive self-esteem and problem-solving skills, and we encourage respect for all and an understanding of Quaker values.

The Early Childhood Program opens at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with late day care available until 6 p.m. Younger children may attend four days per week. The Early Childhood Program follows the GFS school calendar and closes for winter, spring and summer vacation, as well as holidays.

GFS is an equal opportunity care provider.

We are delighted to announce a new offering for the 2017-18 school year. The Germantown Friends School Early Childhood Program is opening a Center City location! For inquiries about Fall 2017, please contact Admissions.

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Sarah McMenamin, Ed. D.
Director of the Early Childhood Program

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