Upper School

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It is amazing how much space (both literally and figuratively) 300+ teenagers can fill and how much energy, enthusiasm and vigor they bring to us each day. We are a busy, exciting upper school that gets much accomplished in the time we spend here. We can do this because we have both impassioned and committed faculty whose engaging personalities and willingness to work with students extend beyond the curriculum to our unique Directed Independent Study program, as well as wonderfully curious, intellectual, and active students who take advantage of most of the opportunities put before them. Our nationally known college-preparatory curriculum enables our graduates to enter college well prepared for the next level. Our athletic program accommodates those who love being on the field or court and those who just want to meet the requirement.  It’s a great place to work and to go to school.  I invite you to visit us to experience the school  “up close and personal.”
 
Our students receive a Quaker values based education. Each year, our school community explores two Quaker testimonies. We seek to incorporate the selected testimonies into the curriculum and day-to-day student life in a manner that is effective and palatable to students. They expect a broad array of perspectives to be considered. Coupled with our weekly Meeting For Worship, our Quaker foundation is evident in all our work.

Much has been written about what makes a strong school. Ingredients include diverse approaches to teaching and learning, emphasis on higher order thinking, collaborative learning, student involvement in decision-making, and responsive, engaged, committed, and involved parents. I think we’ve got them all. As author and alumna Sandy Boynton once described us: "GFS is one VERY COOL SCHOOL." Come see for yourself.

Rita Goldman
Upper School Principal

Upper School Glimpses

  • Schedule for Opening Days

    Friday, August 29
    9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Orientation for new students in the Hargroves Center

    Thursday, September 4
    8:00 a.m. Ninth graders arrive and take a tour
    8:20 a.m. Grades 10 -12 arrive on campus
    8:30-9:00 a.m. Opening Assembly in the Loeb
    9:00-9:45 a.m. Grade level meetings (9th in West Room, 10th in Hargroves, 11th in M-314, 12th stay in Loeb)
    9:45-10:30 a.m. All-School Reading Discussion Groups
    10:30-11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship
    11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Jam
    1:00 p.m. Athletic practices

    Friday, September 5
    8:10 a.m. Homeroom
    8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Regular classes followed by athletic practices

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  • GFS Students from BASE and Human Rights Meeting with Mayor Michael Nutter about Stop-and-Frisk

    GFS Students Meet with Mayor Nutter

    Two student groups met with Mayor Nutter in late June to question the fairness—and effectiveness—of Stop-and-Frisk.

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  • Eric Bazilian ’71 of The Hooters Visits Ninth-Grade Music Class

    Eric Bazilian ’71, famed musician from the band The Hooters, talked songwriting with a ninth-grade music compositions class.

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Contact Information

Upper School Office: 
215-951-2315

Rita Goldman
Principal

Karen Barbarese
Administrative Assistant