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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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Claire K.
Claire K.
When did you come to GFS?

High School.

How many years have you been a student tour guide?

Three years.

What is your favorite aspect of GFS and why?

I love the community and the spirit we have in GFS. We respect all individuals disregarding their title, position, age, and gender. All beliefs and ideologies are well-acknowledged. Everyone can freely and independently pursue their goal, and the school provides and aids all students with their incredibly wide range of experience and opportunity.

What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?

Leader of Model UN, Leader of Community Action Club, Leader of Tiger News (News Broadcasting), Leader of H2O for Life, Leader of Performing Arts Club, playing cello for orchestra, teaching Korean as a Directed Independent Study (DIS).

What has been your favorite GFS experience?

Honestly, I cannot narrow the answer down to one, but what I have enjoyed in GFS is the opportunity to experience a variety of fields. Junior Project would be one of the best examples. I would say, that month of January was the best month of my life. I worked at a nearby kindergarten as a Teacher's Assistant. As an international student, who was raised in a totally different community and continent, I thought it is nearly impossible to experience the culture of early childhood of this distant culture. I still contact and visit the school where I worked. Also, the other fascinating example would be Directed Independent Study (DIS). Though not all subjects existing in the world are provided, or can be provided in any of the schools, and acknowledging such reality, GFS provides DIS that anyone can apply for any course that are not provided in a specific department. I have been learning Mandarin for three years, and I also teach Korean. I have observed a number of fascinating courses that DIS provides.

Parents often ask: "What makes GFS unique?" How would you answer that question?

GFS is a peculiar school in terms of developing interests and characteristics. We respect all in individuals with full, warm hearts. No one is excluded. We learn how to take responsibility and learn about ourselves — both as students and human beings.

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