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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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Extended Day Program

Extended Day at Germantown Friends School is designed to offer students an wide array of enriching opportunities for discovery and exploration during the hours between dismissal and pick-up.

Extended Day at GFS encompasses three different programs, including the After School Program: Imagine, Reach, Explore (ASPire); the Middle School After School (MSAS) program; and the after-school clubs program. In addition to creating numerous options for discovery and fun, GFS’s Extended Day staff is committed to upholding the school’s mission and philosophy through their efforts to nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit. The programming offered is designed to reinforce the rich lessons and essential values GFS students are taught throughout the school day.

Policies and General Information

Policies and General Information


GFS’s After School Program (ASP) is offered daily from 3:10 p.m.-6 p.m. Parents have the option of enrolling their child(ren) in the program until either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.


Once ASP Emergency Information is on file, drop-in care is always available to families at $30 per day for coverage until 5 p.m. and $35 per day for coverage until 6 p.m. Parents may call the Lower School Office (215-951-2318) at any time and leave a message if there is any change regarding a child's attendance or dismissal plans. To enroll your child for Drop-in coverage in the Early Childhood Program, ASP or MSAS, click here.

Late Pick-up Fees

For children being picked up at 5 p.m., the charge for late pick up is $20 per child from 5 p.m.-5:15 p.m., $30 per child from 5:15-5:30 p.m. and $40 per child thereafter. For children being picked up at 6 p.m., the late fee is $20 per child from 6-6:15 p.m., $30 per child from 6:15-6:30 p.m., and $40 per child thereafter. Payment is made to the ASP Book Fund.

Changing ASP Days

In order to provide adequate staffing, we ask that parents commit to the day(s) of the week for which their child will be enrolled. In other words, Students enrolled in ASP or MSAS on Tuesdays, can only attend on Tuesdays unless a parent submits a written request to the Director of Auxiliary Programming requesting a change of day or days.

ASP Withdrawals

Parents who wish to withdraw or to reduce the number of days per week for which their child is registered must notify Betsy Neiva, Director of Auxiliary Programming, in writing on or before October 15, 2016. If the Auxiliary Programming Director does not receive written notice by October 15, the parents will be responsible for the entire annual tuition amount for which they have registered their child regardless of whether or not their child attends the After School Program.

Adding ASP Days

Additional ASP days may be added for a pro-rated fee. If you wish to add ASP days, please contact Betsy Neiva, the Director of Auxiliary Programming at The number of days a child attends ASP can be increased at any time, but not decreased, after the October 1, 2015 deadline.

Past-due Balances

The After School Program reserves the right to refuse admittance to families who are frequently late or who have an outstanding GFS balance.

Please note: As a rule, after-school club fees are not eligible expenses under most Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans. If you have further questions about covered expenses, please contact your plan administrator directly.


Under the experienced and creative oversight of ASPire Director, Candi Root, ASPire participants can choose from among an array of activities, which will take place in the Lower School music and science classrooms as well as the Little Gym and the Library.

Each day will begin with a snack from 3:10 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., during which students will either learn a new skill (such as how to sew a button or cook an egg five ways) or meet a member of our community whom they otherwise might not get to know, including parents, GFS faculty and staff members, and neighbors from our community.

Afterwards, ASPire participants will be free to choose among a variety of activities including theme-based art, science and cooking projects, outdoor play, indoor play, computers, and supervised homework in the Friends Free Library.

Enrollment is for the full year, and students can be enrolled for the full five days per week or for one, two, three, or four days. In addition, two pick-up options are available, 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m., and students may attend ASPire on a drop-in basis for $30 (5:00 p.m. pick up) or for $35 (6:00 p.m. pick up).

ASPire Fees for 2016-17

To register for ASPire, please click here.

Middle School After School

Exclusively for Middle School Students, Middle School After School (MSAS) takes place in the Friends Free Library classroom every afternoon from dismissal until 6:00 p.m.

A current member of the ASPire staff will supervise the students, offering homework help, and leading activities for students to enjoy when they are not doing homework.

To ensure students’ safety, all Middle School students are required to be in one of three places when they are on campus after school: enrolled in MSAS, enrolled in an after school club or sport, or on their way home. For parents' convenience, Middle School students are welcome to participate in MSAS free of charge from the end of sports practice until 4:30 p.m. when the Late Shuttle departs. There are four MSAS enrollment options:

  • Early Bird Special (A 30% discount on the enrollment for the full year. Special ends on October 15, 2016)
  • Full Year Coverage (which provides coverage for one or more days per week for the full year)
  • By the Season (which provides coverage during a single sports season + intersession)
  • After Sports Practice (which provides coverage from the end of sports practice to 6:00 p.m. four days a week during only the sports season)

Students may attend MSAS on a drop-in basis for $30 (5:00 p.m. pick up) or for $35 (6:00 p.m. pick up).

MSAS Fees for 2016-17


To register for MSAS, please click here.

Clubs and Co-curricular Activities

GFS offers a wide range of clubs and co-curricular activities for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Most clubs meet after school. Please click below to see a roster of clubs and co-curricular activities.

Click here to see the detailed club descriptions.
Click here for the complete chart of current clubs.
Click here
to register.

Important Information for Parents
  • Spring Clubs will begin the week of April 10, 2017.
  • Instrumental Ensembles (Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and World Percussion) are back for spring.
  • Upon registering, Lower School parents will need to update dismissal information for their children. The confirmation email will include a link to a Change in Dismissal form. It is essential that parents fill out this form in order to inform the Lower School Office of all changes in dismissal and pick-up plans.
  • We wish for all students to be able to participate in programming offered by GFS. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. If you would like your child to participate in an after-school activity and you anticipate needing assistance, please contact Betsy Neiva and Mirangela Buggs.
  • Although clubs are designed for particular grade levels, we may be able to accommodate interested students from outside of the designated grades provided space is available and the instructor approves. Please contact for further information.

To register for Clubs and Co-Curricular Activities, please click here.

Special Programs and Camps

ASPire also offers special programs for Teacher/Parent Conference Days and all-school in-service days as well as camp programs for the days immediately before the school-year opens and during one week of spring break vacation.

During the ASPire Special Programs, participants (who must enroll separately) enjoy field trips, as well as special activities. ASPire Special Program participants may visit museums, explore caves, run through a sprinkler, or lie on the grass finding shapes in the clouds.

Parents are asked to send camp children with weather-appropriate clothing, lunch and a beverage. We supply snacks and fun.

Please note that pre-registration and payment one week in advance is required for all ASPire Special Programs.

To register for ASPire Special Programs and Vacation Camps, please click here.

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