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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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Middle School Athletics

Middle School Athletics are an integral part of our school curriculum. We believe in providing our students with the opportunity to learn about a variety of sports, to experience the lessons of teamwork and sportsmanship, and to develop fundamental skills and game strategies in an engaging and challenging atmosphere. Development and skill progression in Middle School sports are vital to the overall success of our entire athletic program.

Program Objectives

  • To promote and require sportsmanship at all times
  • To provide a stimulating, enjoyable, and engaging atmosphere
  • To teach fundamental sports skills and introduce game strategies
  • To provide an opportunity for team and individual success
  • To encourage self-discipline and a strong work ethic
  • To promote a passion for athletic achievement and excellence
  • To develop leadership, loyalty, commitment, and respect for oneself and peers
  • To have fun, and to promote positive social, mental, and physical ability

Students are placed on teams that reflect their ability and/or grade level. Typically, GFS hosts A and B teams per sport with 6th-8th graders selected to the appropriate competition level. GFS Middle School Wrestling, Cross Country and Track & Field each have one team. When possible, we will field 6th grade teams.

All programs will have full practice schedules. Competition levels vary by team and program. Most teams will compete against other schools, while if needed some teams will be more developmental and have intramural competitions.

We value the sense of community, camaraderie, physical well-being, and skill development that come through participating in athletics at GFS. It is our expectation that all students will actively participate and will fulfill the athletic requirement.

Students have one week (4 practice days) at the start of each season to try different sports.


Athletic Information

  • Enthusiastic, professional teacher/coaches who provide an education that combines the best of our academic and athletic philosophy.
  • Fall & Spring: general practice time is Monday-Thursday, 2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Winter: general practice time is Monday-Thursday, 2:45- 3:45 p.m.
  • On game days, times will vary from the normal practice schedule.
  • Parents of student athletes seeking information on uniforms and practice gear can find this information in the Parent portal.
  • Middle School Athletics and Transportation Information 2017-18 Handout

Sports Offerings

GFS fields 32 different Middle School teams. Our goal is to provide a competitive, positive experience for each athlete, regardless of his / her skill level.
season girls boys
Fall Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Cross Country

Soccer


Winter Basketball
Squash
Outdoor Track**
Wrestling
Basketball
Squash
Outdoor Track**
Wrestling
Spring Lacrosse
Softball
Track & Field
Baseball
Tennis
Track & Field

**Intramural

Athletic Requirements

  • Seventh and eighth grade students are required to participate in two seasons of sports. Theater Movement Arts can be substituted for one sports season in winter.
  • Sixth grade student participation is optional.

Exemptions

Students who have demonstrated an already-established, clear course of study, and solid commitment to an out-of-school sport that GFS does not offer may request an exemption from ONE athletic season per year at GFS.

Since this out-of-school sport would replace an existing part of the school curriculum, both family and school must give careful thought to such a decision.

Parents must complete an online Exemption Request Form.

The exemption will be equivalent in time commitment and rigor to participating in interscholastic sports for GFS. There should be a demonstrated competitive component or major performance schedule included in the request.

Supplemental physical education activities are not considered relevant for this requirement.

We support students in their passion and commitment to sports that we do not offer. We also are intentional in making the athletic requirement and physical education curricular work separate, in line with our philosophy to provide multiple opportunities to be physical each day.

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