Upper School

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elcome to the Upper School. At Germantown Friends, we are committed to creating a learning environment that reflects our mission to seek truth, challenge the intellect, honor differences, embrace the city, and nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit.

The evidence of our commitment to our mission is manifested clearly in the Front Hall of our Main Building, where students are heard discussing environmental issues, practicing their Spanish, singing A Cappella, rehearsing their lines, or sharing designs from robotics class. There are bins and tables that display our award-winning student publications and walls filled with students’ inspiring art. GFS students are a bright and eclectic group, adorned in the fashions of the day, but more often in field hockey gear, soccer cleats and running shoes. 

Community service and social justice are essential elements in the GFS education. Students take on leadership roles and explore their questions about the world through numerous clubs and activities. Our faculty instills in our students the importance of intellectual risk-taking, in hopes that one day they will be at the forefront of innovation; on the most fundamental level, our students gain the courage and confidence to try. As Head of the Upper School, my personal mission is to have students enjoy learning, become lifetime learnersand use what they’ve learned to create joy and peace in their lives.
Germantown Friends is a welcoming community, and we hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about us by exploring our website.

Byron Davis 
Head of Upper School  

Upper School Glimpses

  • A Laughing Matter

    Three Upper School students directed the faculty and staff in an opening assembly that kicked off the year with humor.

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  • The Ultimate Pi Day!

    On 3-14-15 at 9:26:54 enjoy the ultimate Pi Day with the the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the 10-digits of pi in one day--even if only for a second!

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  • Digging into History

    An archeologist's life may not be as exciting as Indiana Jones makes it appear, but for Classics Day speaker Daira Nocera it is pretty close!

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Contact Information

Upper School Office: 

Byron Davis
Head of Upper School

Karen Barbarese
Administrative Assistant