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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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The Pillars of A

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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Zoe O.
Zoe O.
When did you come to GFS?

Middle School.

How many years have you been a student tour guide?

Three years.

What is your favorite aspect of GFS and why?

The community and interactions between teachers and students. I know it sounds cheesy, but I really love getting to know teachers and developing relationships where I know I can ask anyone for help and they will gladly give it. The student dynamic is the same way; I know I can always call on my friends to talk about anything from picking out a prom dress to going through a stressful week with work and they will be there to listen, because I would do the same for any of them. As someone who came in fairly "late" (7th grade), I have an outside perspective, and every time I look around at the community established here, I'm more grateful that I am able to attend GFS.

What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?

I'm a leader of Support for Positive Body Image and Tour guiding, an editor of Anno (yearbook), and a member of Cooking Club. I also dance extensively outside of school.

What has been your favorite GFS experience?

I know it's not academic or really school-y at all, but the middle school ski trips (especially the bus rides there and back) and 7th grade trip to Dorney Park (MAJOR bonding experience), are some of my favorite school memories. More recently, I was chosen to read at the Writer's Assembly, and, while it was one of the most intensely nerve-wracking and downright terrifying days of my life, I walked away feeling an incredible sense of accomplishment. Really, I love almost everything about GFS, from the little conversations with teachers in the hallways, to placing bets (very un-Quaker, sorry) on how long the Winter Assembly will go over, while secretly enjoying the whole thing, to singing my tone-deaf heart out to Jerusalem.

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

The way in which we as students interact with teachers. The familiarity established by using first names is not to be underestimated, and, while it really threw me off at first, I have grown used to it and wouldn't want it any other way. It means a ton to me to be able to go to teachers as friends as well as mentors and be able to talk about an assignment, vent about my stress levels, and discuss summer plans all in the same conversation.

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