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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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Modern Language

The goals of the Modern Language department are to equip students with the life-long tool of a new language, to awaken in them a sustained curiosity and openness to new people, places and cultures, and to have fun in the process. Language, at its best, provides access, builds bridges and creates opportunities.

Authenticity and multi-dimensional exposure to new languages are crucial elements in our students’ success. In the classroom we endeavor to bring new languages and new cultures to life through literature, film, music, art, visiting native speakers and a wide range of computer-assisted, interactive activities. We make every effort to conduct the learning experience exclusively in the target language, and we routinely facilitate individual and group travel to the French and Spanish speaking world beyond our borders.

The classroom immersion experience enables students to listen, speak, read, and write in the target language. Early language work is grounded in grammar, syntax, and the exploration of language within a cultural context.

French

431 French I
major elective | grades: 9, 10, 11
This course gives a foundation in oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The immersion setting allows for the opportunity to master the target language skills in a more authentic way. Students will hear native speakers and be expected to memorize the material while reproducing the sounds and structure of natural speech. Assessments include written and oral comprehension of selected grammar units presented within a cultural context.

432 French II
major elective | grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
prerequisite: completion of the two-year course in Middle School (French Ia and Ib) or French I

Basic grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary are acquired through the use of Bien Dit!, the second textbook in a series. Students engage in spontaneous conversations and develop more extensive reading and writing skills by working with appropriate supplementary material. A dynamic classroom environment provides ample opportunity to practice new language skills. Several creative projects require internet exploration on French-language sites.

441 French III
major elective | grade: 10, 11, 12
prerequisite: French II

The French textbook series is completed, giving students a thorough grounding in grammar and vocabulary. Supplemental readings include poetry and a guided reader, culminating the year with the study of the beloved classic Le Petit Prince. Students develop conversation and discussion skills based on these readings and other authentic materials, including realia and multimedia documents. Free compositions are assigned on given themes, both analytical and creative. Students are expected to begin to converse more readily on spontaneously generated subjects.

451 French IV
major elective | grades: 11, 12
prerequisite: French III

This advanced level class will introduce the basics of literary analysis through the study of many genres: poetry, short story, novel, film, Internet articles and comic book. Selected authors will represent the Francophone world with a concentration in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Authors include Maupassant, Sartre, Pineau, Goscinny, Ben Jelloun, and a special unit of Québecois authors. Students will develop finer writing and speaking skills through guided discussions and directed grammatical study, and are expected to participate in daily extemporaneous activities that require an increased mastery of the language. Assessments include oral presentations, quizzes and tests, essays, group projects and papers.

461 French V
major elective | grades: 11, 12
prerequisite: French IV

The emphasis of this course is to further increase both the students’ expressive language skills and their analytical abilities. Finer points of grammar and stylistics are reviewed through the use of Une fois pour toute. Year-long themes are examined through the study of Francophone literature, art, cinema, news and magazine articles, and Internet sites. Literary works include Candide, Les Préceiuses Ridicules, a contemporary novel, and selected French short stories, poetry and movies. Formal writing assignments, oral presentations and extemporaneous interactive discussions are required. Additional projects may include writing and filming a short screenplay.

Mandarin

Mandarin I (Beginner)
481 major elective
485 minor elective
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Students are introduced to the speaking and writing of Mandarin within a thematic context. Vocabulary is introduced in authentic encounters, including greetings, family and school life, shopping, transportation, and hobbies. In addition to a textbook and workbook, students will be given a solid foundation of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Assessments of student learning will be based on oral and written mastery, with an emphasis on spontaneous production.

Mandarin II and III (Beginner-Intermediate)
482 major elective
486 minor elective
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
prerequisite: Mandarin I or II (placement determined by placement test and teacher)

Students will work towards the mastery of speaking and writing Mandarin. Within authentic contexts, students will work on further developing their vocabulary as well as their ability to converse fluently. Readings of increasing complexity will help students to develop their skills. Throughout, a solid foundation will be given in reading, writing, speaking and hearing Mandarin. In Beginner-Intermediate, students begin to do oral presentations on interesting topics. Assessments will be based on oral and written mastery, with an emphasis on spontaneous production.

Mandarin IV and V (Intermediate)
483 major elective
487 minor elective
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
prerequisite: Mandarin III or IV (placement determined by placement test and teacher)

Students will systematically work towards mastery of the speaking and writing of Mandarin. In these years students will solidify their sense of grammar and expand considerably the complexity and scope of their conversational fluency. Authentic readings in an array of genres will help students to develop their skills and cultural awareness and understanding. Students will be asked to do presentations and give oral reports. Assessments will be based on oral and written mastery, with an emphasis on spontaneous production.

Spanish

471 Spanish I
major elective | grades: 9, 10, 11
This course gives a foundation in oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The immersion setting allows for the opportunity to master the target language skills in a more authentic way. Students will hear native speakers and be expected to memorize the material while reproducing the sounds and structure of natural speech. Assessments include written and oral comprehension of selected grammar units presented within a cultural context.

472 Spanish II
major elective | grades: 9, 10, 11
prerequisite: completion of the two-year course in Middle School (Ia and Ib) or the yearlong Spanish I course

This course provides a continuation of the goals of beginning Spanish at a more advanced level. The use of authentic materials, film, articles, short stories and music will enhance cultural awareness while developing reading, writing and oral comprehension skills. Students are expected to speak exclusively in the target language and will begin to develop increased spontaneous speaking skills. The textbook for this course is ¡En español! with additional materials provided by the teacher.

473 Spanish III
major elective | grades: 10, 11, 12
prerequisite: Spanish II

This course fulfills two purposes: it is the final year of systematic, year-long grammar study, and it is a preparation for what awaits students who will continue on to the elective levels of Spanish. Learning grammar and building vocabulary are increasingly accomplished through unstructured conversation, and analytical and creative writing. Throughout the course of the year, students read and discuss short stories by several authors, such as Isabel Allende, Gregorio Lopez y Fuentés and Gabriel García Márquez.

474 Spanish IV
major elective | grades: 10, 11, 12
prerequisite: Spanish III

This course is designed to improve students’ mastery of grammar, reading comprehension and oral fluency through short readings, discussion, dramatizations, creative and analytical writing. The curriculum will include many small units involving literature, debates, Internet exploration and visiting lecturers. Readings will include short stories, Spanish theater, Latin American novel, poetry, essays and periodical literature. Assessments will be both traditional (test, quiz, oral presentation, essay) and based on collaborative group projects. One independent research project will be required, focused on a personal interest within Spanish or Latin American culture and history. This advanced level curriculum will prepare students for advancement to Spanish V.

475 Spanish V
major elective | grades: 11, 12
prerequisite: Spanish IV

This advanced level course will focus on increasing both the students’ language skills and their analytical abilities through the study of a novel, short stories, poetry, art, film and Internet resources. Students will further explore the people, places, culture and history of Latin America and its relationship to Spain. Authors may include Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Pablo Neruda, Mayra Santos-Febres, and Isabel Allende. Students will explore such themes as “conflictos sociales,” “la realidad y la fantasia,” “la modernidad y la tradición,” and “la mujer” while developing finer writing and speaking skills through guided discussions and directed grammatical study. Students are expected to participate in daily activities that require an increased mastery of the language. Assessments will include oral presentations, quizzes and tests, essays and individual and group projects.

Opportunities in Global Languages

A variety of global languages is offered for minor or major credit as part of the Directed Independent Study (DIS) program that supplements the Modern Language and Classics offerings. Students have pursued study of American Sign Language, Arabic, Japanese, German, Italian and Russian through the program.

Students may elect to take a language DIS in addition to, but not in place of, their foreign language requirement. Additional Advanced Level language study is also available for students who have finished Level V.

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