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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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Middle School is a world of variety and vitality, and our program immerses students in grades 6-8 in a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment. At GFS, every student can find a place to shine.

Learning to Fly

Middle School is a time of spectacular growth. Our sixth, seventh and eighth graders leap ahead in maturity, interacting with friends and adults in new ways and making new discoveries about themselves. True enough, Middle School is a time of change—but these are transitions that are crucial to development.

At GFS students engage with wonderful challenges. They explore profoundly engaging works of literature and become practitioners of literature themselves. They take on research projects, working with primary sources and learning good research practice, and in math they master new mathematical challenges, honing their algebraic skills. In science they create scientific sketches, models, and websites, and they explore the scientific method doing labs on water quality. Along with English, history, math and science, students can choose to study French, Spanish, Latin, or Ancient Greek.

Outside the classroom, students take on leadership roles in student government, in community action, on our stages and on our athletics fields. They participate in an ever-changing variety of mixed-grade lunchtime clubs and activities—from MathCounts and Improv Club to Yearbook and A Cappella. Interscholastic sports become a part of each Middle Schooler's experience through a program that involves and supports athletes at every level.

In these years of personal discovery, the GFS Middle School is fertile ground for discovering and exploring passions and purpose

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