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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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Summer Camps

Summertime at GFS offers children in preschool through high school several action-packed weeks of summer-camp fun, featuring sports, visual and performing arts, technology and languages.

All camp instructors, many of whom are GFS faculty and staff, are skilled professionals who are experts in their respective fields; their primary goal is to help campers grow as athletes, artists, scientists and individuals. Moreover, since Germantown Friends School is rooted in the Quaker values of community and equality, Summertime at GFS is open to students from throughout the Delaware Valley. To accommodate parents’ hectic schedules, we offer transportation, lunches and extended-day options as well.

Summertime at GFS takes place on the school’s main campus and on its 14-acre athletic fields. The main campus features three theatres, four gymnasiums, numerous art and music studios, computer labs, the LEED-certified Wade Science Center, teaching gardens, and wooded areas for outdoor education and play.

Please note: Grades listed refer to your child’s current grade as of spring 2016.

Families should register for Summertime at GFS online through Active Network. Enrollment is limited for many of the camps, so we encourage you to sign up early. When registering, parents may also choose to include extended coverage until 5:30 p.m., nutritious lunches and transportation from Center City.

A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $100 per week, per camper, is due at the time of registration. There is also a non-refundable $25 registration fee for each applicant (whether attending one or multiple camps). The balance will be charged on May 1, 2017. Registrations made after May 1 must be paid in full.

A $25 administrative fee will be charged for any changes made after registration, including transportation changes. Campers will receive one camp T-shirt (additional shirts will be available for purchase). Some trips may involve additional costs. Campers who do not choose the lunch option must provide their own lunch, including a beverage.

Transportation for campers from Center City will be available for an additional fee. The bus from the Main GFS Campus will leave at 3:30 p.m.

Summertime at GFS will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The fee for four-day camps week will be prorated.

All camps, except for the Girls Sports Camp and Girls Sports Camp - LIT Program, are open to non-GFS students.

Prepared lunches are available for purchase through Active Network.

For camp weeks #1 and #2, Tiger Treats lunches will be prepared by professional chef Miranda Kany.

For camp weeks #3 through #5, box lunches will be prepared by GFS Food Services (CulinArt).

Extended Day coverage will be available for a modest additional fee from 3-5:30 p.m. on the Main Campus.

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