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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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Early Childhood Program

We welcome you to the Early Childhood admissions process, and we appreciate your interest in GFS for your child. We encourage families to apply during the fall of the year prior to enrollment.

Children applying to the Early Childhood Program participate in an admissions process that is designed to address and reflect their cognitive and socioemotional development. This process allows us to get to know your family and your child in a way that maximizes engagement for your child and minimizes stress for your family.

Children are reassessed in their final year of the Early Childhood Program for the GFS Kindergarten application process.

Please note: financial aid is not offered in the Early Childhood Program; financial aid at GFS begins the Kindergarten year.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Germantown Friends School
Early Childhood Program

31 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 951-2345
ecp@germantownfriends.org

Application

For the 2018-19 school year, families must submit the application by December 8, 2017, and all steps of the application process must be completed by January 8, 2018 to be considered for first-round review. Thereafter, applications are considered on a rolling basis as they become complete.

Please click the banner above to apply online. You will be asked to set up a username and password, which will allow you to complete, edit, and review your application before electronically submitting it to us. There is a $20 application fee.

Family Tour with Child

Tours occur on weekday mornings and can be scheduled via email at ecp@germantownfriends.org. We ask both parents to attend together when possible.

Children tour the facilities with their parent(s), which allows us to begin to get to know your family and provides a chance for you to find out more about GFS. The family tour includes a tour of the ECP classrooms.

Please indicate which campus is of interest when scheduling your appointment.

Playdate

The next step is to arrange a playdate for your child to visit an ECP classroom. Your child will spend a morning being observed in the classroom setting. Playdates occur on weekday mornings and can be scheduled via email at ecp@germantownfriends.org.

Decision and Enrollment Timeline

  • Families who have completed the application process by January 8, 2018 will be notified in writing of the admission decision by February 1, 2018. Thereafter, applications are considered on a rolling basis as they become complete.
  • By common agreement among most area independent schools, families whose children are accepted by February 1, 2018 have until March 1, 2018 to accept or decline the offer of admission.
  • To enroll your child you must return the Enrollment Agreement with a non-refundable deposit of $350.00 per child by March 1, 2018. This is the first payment of the tuition bill. All payment plans will be billed and administered by the FACTS Management Company.

Tuition

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Tuition 2017-18

PRESCHOOL

Full Time* (Five Days) $17,055
Part Time* (Four Days) $15,700

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Five Days $17,875

*The full and part-time schedule is from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Extended Care

3-5 P.M.

Five Days $2,800
Four Days $2,300
Three Days $1,765
Two Days $1,235
One Day $650

3-6 P.M.

Five Days $3,660
Four Days $3,030
Three Days $2,335
Two Days $1,655
One Day $880

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Tuition 2017-18

preschool & pre-kindergarten

Full Time (Five Days) $20,500

Extended Care

3-5 P.M.

Five Days $2,800
Four Days $2,300
Three Days $1,765
Two Days $1,235
One Day $650

3-6 P.M.

Five Days $3,660
Four Days $3,030
Three Days $2,335
Two Days $1,655
One Day $880
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