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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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College Matriculation

GFS students go on to attend an impressive range of prestigious colleges and universities. During the period 2012-16, the most popular schools chosen by GFS graduates were University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Brown University, Drexel University, Temple University, Yale University and New York University. Below is a complete listing of the schools most recently chosen by our graduates. Our College Counseling Program provides each student and his or her parents with close and careful advising through the college selection, application and admissions process, beginning in the spring of 11th grade.

College Choices 2012-2016
University of Pennsylvania 56
University of Pittsburgh 18
Temple University 15
Brown University 14
Drexel University 13
New York University 12
Yale University 12
Skidmore College 8
Tulane University 8
University of Colorado at Boulder 7
University of Vermont 7
Wesleyan University 7
Boston University 6
Kenyon College 6
Earlham College 5
Franklin and Marshall College 5
George Washington University 5
Hampshire College 5
Johns Hopkins University 5
Oberlin College 5
Stanford University 5
Vassar College 5
Barnard College 4
College of Charleston 4
College of William and Mary 4
Colorado College 4
Columbia University 4
Dartmouth College 4
Emory University 4
Harvard University 4
Northwestern University 4
Princeton University 4
University of California, Los Angeles 4
Ursinus College 4
Carleton College 3
Middlebury College 3
Saint Joseph's University 3
Sarah Lawrence College 3
Trinity College 3
Tufts University 3
University of Wisconsin, Madison 3
Washington University in St. Louis 3
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 3
American University 2
Amherst College 2
Bates College 2
Bowdoin College 2
Brandeis University 2
Bryn Mawr College 2
Chestnut Hill College 2
Colby College 2
College of Wooster 2
Cornell University 2
Dickinson College 2
Elizabethtown College 2
Emerson College 2
Fordham University 2
Gap Year 2
Goucher College 2
Haverford College 2
Howard University 2
Macalester College 2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2
McGill University 2
Northeastern University 2
Occidental College 2
Smith College 2
Swarthmore College 2
Syracuse University 2
University of Chicago 2
University of Delaware 2
University of Miami 2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2
University of Redlands 2
Auburn University 1
Babson College 1
Bard College 1
Bucknell University 1
Cambridge University 1
Carnegie Mellon University 1
Case Western Reserve University 1
Colgate University 1
Connecticut College 1
Davidson College 1
Drew University 1
Duke University 1
East Stroudsburg University 1
Elon University 1
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts 1
George Mason University 1
Georgetown University 1
Georgia Institute of Technology 1
Grinnell College 1
Hamilton College 1
Harvey Mudd College 1
Ithaca College 1
La Salle University 1
Loyola University New Orleans 1
Mansfield University 1
Marymount Manhattan College 1
Michigan State University 1
Ohio Wesleyan University 1
Pace University, New York City 1
Parsons, The New School for Design 1
Pennsylvania State University, University Park 1
Pennsylvania State University, Abington 1
Pepperdine University 1
Philadelphia University 1
Pitzer College 1
Pratt Institute 1
Reed College 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
Rhode Island School of Design 1
Salisbury University 1
Savannah College of Art and Design 1
Sciences Po/Columbia University 1
Spelman College 1
Saint Johns College, Sante Fe 1
The University of Texas, Austin 1
Tyler (Temple U.) School of Art 1
University of Arizona 1
University of California, Berkeley 1
University of California, Santa Barbara 1
University of Cincinnati 1
University of Edinburgh 1
University of Michigan 1
University of San Francisco 1
University of Southern California 1
University of Tampa 1
University of The Arts 1
University of Virginia 1
Vanderbilt University 1
Wake Forest University 1
Wellesley College 1
Williams College 1
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