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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 ovewhelmed 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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At GFS, the elementary years are truly wondrous, and we provide our students in grades K-5 with every opportunity to make the most of them. We offer an academic program that is developmentally appropriate, highly ambitious, well balanced—and joyful.

Who are Our Students?

We think of them as young learners, but they’re also authors and illustrators. And mathematical acrobats, agile and inventive. Even scientists—experts on the fossil record, ornithology and the migration of Pacific salmon. Students in our Lower School are world explorers and time travelers, transporting themselves to African countries, Early America, the Ancient Islamic Empire or Medieval Europe.

What is the Essence of Our Program?

Our curriculum is defined by its richness and depth. When our students explore ancient Greece, it is a yearlong experience of immersion. They study politics, commerce and dramatic arts, make Trojan horses in woodshop, sew chitons for the annual Greek games and travel to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to behold its Hellenistic treasures. The result is a web of meaningful connections—and a sense of mastery.

It is this same mastery children find in art, as they study Mondrian or Picasso; in math, as they learn not only to solve a problem through a prescribed set of steps, but to see it from every angle and inside-out; and in language arts, as they become active and critical readers, equipped with strategies to engage evermore challenging works. Co-curricular options offer even more opportunities: To study Mandarin after school, to play an instrument in the orchestra or jazz ensemble, to participate in our Environmental Action Club or join our Social Justice Task Force.

How is Community Nurtured?

Beyond deep exploration of the curriculum, students are also making friendships and partnerships. They are nurturing emotional intelligence through Feedback, a program pioneered at GFS to provide a safe structure for sharing feelings. They are forming special connections through our Partners program, which pairs older students with younger ones. They are members and active participants in warm, welcoming classroom communities—and an integral part of the larger school community as well.

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