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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 & Activities

A wide variety of clubs and activities meet weekly at lunch time. Clubs provide students substantial leadership opportunities in organizing, planning, and bringing ideas to fruition. All clubs are student-run and organized with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Our clubs are divided into four main categories: affinity, mission, publications and social.


Ahlan Wa Sahlan (Welcome)

A club devoted to the celebration of Middle Eastern culture.

Asian Students Association

An affinity group for students of Asian descent and their allies.

Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment (BASE)

A support group for male students of color in the Upper School.


A support and discussion group for issues related to Judaism for Jews and non-Jews alike.


A fellowship of students and faculty interested in Christian spirituality, and how it relates to life, culture and relationships.

Latinos Unidos

An affinity group for students of Latino descent and their allies.

Multicultural Student Union

An open forum and discussion group to enlighten others and its members about racial, ethnic and culture-related issues.

SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Alliance)

A support group for students of all sexual orientations that discusses questions or concerns pertaining to sexuality, gender and associated issues.


An affinity group for female students of color from various backgrounds in grades 9-12 providing opportunities for leadership, discussion, support and personal growth.

Support for Positive Body Image

A support group for young women concerned about promoting healthy attitudes about body image.

Women’s Affinity Group (Lady Club)

A women's affinity group, base in discussion of feminism. We explore both the local and global culture of being a woman.


Admission Office Student Guides

A group comprised of 10th, 11th and 12th grade volunteers who have agreed to assist the school in this facet of the application process.

Big Sibs (Directed Independent Study Minor)

A mentorship program that pairs Upper School students with Lower School students and spend one period a week in Lower School classrooms.

Classics Club

An opportunity for students interested in classical languages, literature and culture to explore the wider world of scholarly and artistic work influenced by classics.

Community Action Club

A group that seeks to increase GFS's involvement in the neighborhood and the neighborhood's involvement with GFS.

Drama Club

A group for students who are interested in theater, stagecraft (lighting, set design, and multimedia) work on drama productions and assembly setup.

Environmental Action Club

Dedicated to making our community a more environmentally friendly place by instituting a compost system, spreading awareness and reducing our carbon footprint.

Human Rights Group

A group that educates and raises awareness regarding human rights and human rights abuses locally, nationally and internationally.

Mock Trial

An inter-scholastic exploration of interest in the legal world and the justice system, as well as hone verbal and delivery skills, through competitions (actual mock trials with witnesses and attorneys) coordinated by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Model UN

A club in which members participate in Model UN conferences, during which they represent countries in a meeting of the UN general assembly.

Student Advisory Council (SAC)

A group that liaises between the student body and administration, relaying students' ideas, opinions and needs to the faculty and administration in an effort to improve the quality of student life.

Writing Club

A space for students to express and share their love for writing.


Cooking Club

A chance to explore the culinary world and learn more about how to cook.


An opportunity to learn about what it truly means to be a fashionista - someone who has the freedom and courage to express herself/himself. Our group will deeply explore the fashion world by holding fashion debates, discussing fashion finds and spunky DIY's.

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