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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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Clubs and Co-Curricular Activities

Germantown Friends School offers an expanded roster of after-school clubs and activities that feature a wide range of fun and enriching activities designed both to engage and excite children—and to reinforce the essential values taught throughout the school day.

GFS is thrilled to offer 30 after-school clubs, including such fun new options as Creative Drama for Kids, offered both on Main Campus and our new Center City location; Animal Kingdom's Superheroes taught by a naturalist from the Riverbend Environmental Education Center; and American Sign Language, offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

All clubs will begin the week of January 8, and end the week of March 5 (save for a few noted exceptions). Make-up classes will take place during the week of March 12.

Important Information

Instrumental Ensembles

Because the three music ensembles (Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and World Percussion) are part of the Lower School music curriculum, there is no fee for the instruction.

Although there is no fee for Instrumental Ensembles, we ask that you please enroll your child here once you have received word from Debbie Stahl or Taia Harlos that your child is eligible to participate.

Private Music Lessons at GFS

For more information about private instrumental music lessons, please click here.

Club Grade Levels

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.

Financial Assistance

We wish for all GFS students to be able to participate in activities and programs offered by the school. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. If you would like your child to participate and you anticipate needing assistance, please contact Tchet Dorman at and Stacey Cromley at

Important Dates

  • Thursday, December 14, at 5:45 p.m.: Online registration opens for winter clubs
  • Week of January 8: Winter clubs begin
  • Tuesday, February 20: ASPire Special Program (No School)
  • Saturday, February 24: Philadelphia Area Private School Chess League Match at GFS
  • Friday, March 2, 3:15 p.m.: Creative Drama open class (Main Campus)
  • Monday, March 5, 3:20 p.m.: Karate I Belt Test Ceremony
  • Monday, March 5, 4:05 p.m.: Karate II Belt Test Ceremony
  • Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.: Ballet Performance of Moana
  • Tuesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m.: Creative Drama open class (Center City)
  • Friday, March 9: ASPire Special Program (No School)
  • Monday, March 12, 4:30 p.m.: Performance of Alice in Wonderland

Upcoming Events

After-School Clubs Winter 2018

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