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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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Academic Camps (Grades 7-12)

Summertime at GFS offers two different Academic Programs, each of which offer students the opportunity to strengthen skills and reinforce key concepts before the start of the new school year.

Summer Courses in Mathematics and Economics, taught by GFS Mathematics Faculty, spans three- and five-week sessions.

August Academic Camps: Gear Up for Fall! (formerly known as Skills Enrichment) spans two weeks, except for the College Essay Writing Workshop, which is offered for one week.

Summer Courses in Mathematics and Economics

Under the direction of GFS Mathematics teachers, the GFS Summer Courses in Mathematics and Economics offer Upper School students the opportunity to develop skills, reinforce concepts, and dig more deeply into content areas. Small class sizes ensure students receive attention they need in order to feel more confident and prepared for the start of the coming academic year.

Participation in a Mathematics summer course may allow GFS students the opportunity to place into a different mathematics course in the Fall, pending approval of the department. However, summer courses are not transferable for credit.

For an additional fee, students are welcome to sign up for a buffet lunch, offered daily on campus from 12-12:30 p.m. daily.

Drop off and pick up will take place in the Hargroves Lobby.

ALGEBRA I

June 19-July 21; 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Rising grade 9 or 10

$750/$695 (Earlybird until 6/15)

This course represents a traditional and rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of Algebra necessary for further study in upper-level mathematics courses. Content will include linear equations in one and two variables, laws of exponents, factoring, solving quadratic equations by factors, radicals and square roots, systems of linear equations, linear inequalities, and rational expressions. This course is intended for students who have completed a full year of pre-Algebra.

GEOMETRY

June 19-July 21; 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Rising grade 10 or 11

$750/$695 (Earlybird until 6/15)

This is a course in the axiomatic system of Euclidean Geometry that is designed for students with typical mathematical and problem-solving skills who have completed a full year of Algebra I. Deductive reasoning, logic, and proofs are used throughout the course. Students are encouraged to make convincing arguments in paragraph proof, two-column proof, flow proof, coordinate proof, and indirect proof formats. The language of Geometry is stressed. In addition, students study conditional statements, including symbolic notation and the laws of logic, triangles, circles, polygons, area, volume, and surface area.

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

July 3-21; 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Rising grades 10-12

$275/$245 (Earlybird until 6/15)

This course will offer students an introduction to the relationship between resources, political systems, geography, wants, needs, decision-making, and the development of the world's nations. The course will serve as an introduction to international, global, and developmental economics covering topics such as factors of production, specialization, optimization (numerical and social,) inequality, poverty, and social justice.

August Academic Camps: Gear Up for Fall!

Formerly known as the Skills Enhancement Program, the intensive Gear Up for Fall program supporting both middle and upper school students in English and Math is back with a new focus!

Gear Up for Fall! classes meet during the weeks of August 21-25 and August 28-September 1, except for the College Application Writing Workshop, which meets during the week of August 21-25.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH

Parts and Wholes
9:00-10:15 a.m.; Rising Grade 7; two weeks*: $195/$175 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $155/$135 (early bird)

In this course, students will explore the concept of parts and wholes and, in so doing, strengthen their facility working with fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, proportions, and probability. In addition to exploring different types of problems, students will practice double-checking their work and applying general neatness when writing out solutions as they build their mathematical self-confidence and prepare for success in their 7th grade math class.

* To enroll for both weeks of Parts and Wholes Middle School Math at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.


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Patterns and Predictions
10:30-11:45 a.m.; Rising Grade 8; two weeks*: $195/$175 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $155/$135 (early bird)

This problem-solving class will emphasize linear relationships and other mathematical patterns that form the foundation of algebraic thinking. Students will study important definitions such as equivalence and simplification and hone fundamental skills such as graphing. In addition to exploring different types of problems, students will practice double-checking their work and applying general neatness when writing out solutions. The primary goal of the course is to help students have a successful year of math in the 8th grade.

* To enroll for both weeks of Patterns and Predictions at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH

READING AND RESPONDING TO NONFICTION
9:00-10:15 a.m.; Rising Grade 8; two weeks*: $195/$175 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $155/$135 (early bird)

Become a more competent and confident reader in a course that will focus on developing close-reading skills using a variety of nonfiction texts. Participants will hone their ability to identify an article’s main idea, tone, and implications. Additional emphasis will be placed on helping participants make logical inferences and recognize themes, all while boosting their overall comprehension. Students also will have the opportunity to write both critical and personal responses to what they read. This course will be a great way to get students’ analytical gears turning before the start of eighth grade!

* To enroll for both weeks of Reading and Responding to Nonfiction at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.

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WRITTEN EXPRESSION
10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m.; Rising Grade 7; two weeks*: $195/$175 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $155/$135 (early bird)

Students are constantly asked to write in Middle School, but not every assignment draws on the same writing skills and decision-making processes. Through a series of short writing assignments, this course will help students distinguish how to proceed effectively in the following different scenarios:

  • Responding completely and concisely to short-answer test questions
  • Knowing what elements to include when writing a formal letter
  • Conveying a personal opinion clearly on paper
  • Writing smooth transitions between ideas
  • Writing a persuasive argument with supporting evidence
  • Deciding what to include in a journal entry or a personal response to a book or other experience
  • Finding rich and expressive word combinations to write a free-verse poem
  • Learning to consider how the tone of one’s writing will affect the reader
  • Learning how to write a 5-sentence summary of a novel.

* To enroll for both weeks of Middle School English - Written Expression at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.

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UPPER SCHOOL MATH

High School Math I
12:30-1:50 p.m.; Rising Grades 9 and 10; two weeks*: $245/$225 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $165/$145 (early bird)

Using a problem-solving format, students will review the topics from Algebra I that will surface in both Geometry and Intermediate Algebra, including solving equations, factoring, quadratics, graphing, exponents, polynomials and radical expressions. In addition, brief explorations of a couple of challenging geometric and algebraic concepts will get students ready for a smooth and successful start to the new school year.

* To enroll for both weeks of High School Math I at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.


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High School Math II
2:05-3:25 p.m.; Grades 10 and 11; two weeks*: $245/$225 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $165/$145 (early bird)

After briefly reviewing fundamental skills and terms, students will exercise their problem-solving abilities as they apply concepts learned in Geometry and Algebra I to the exploration of new mathematical material. Students also will engage in a brief exploration of strategies for solving non-mathematical problems as they become more confident and creative conceptual thinkers. Whether taking Geometry or Algebra II, students will be able to start the new school year on firm mathematical footing.

* To enroll for both weeks of High School Math II at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.


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UPPER SCHOOL ENGLISH

Grammar & Mechanics (Section 1)
12:30-1:50 p.m.; Rising Grades 9-11; two weeks*: $245/$225 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $165/$145 (early bird)

This course is designed to give young writers of English a better understanding of how their language works as well as the tools they will need to craft clear and elegant sentences. They will review grammar essentials such as parts of speech, punctuation, and agreement, and also examine some subtler rules about usage and sentence structure. Students will be given opportunities to practice using what they are learning in short exercises designed to help them become more nimble at putting their ideas into writing.

* To enroll for both weeks of Grammar & Mechanics (section 1) at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.


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Grammar & Mechanics (Section 2)
2:05-3:25 p.m.; Rising Grades 9-11; two weeks*: $245/$225 (early bird until 6/15); one week: $165/$145 (early bird)

This course is designed to give young writers of English a better understanding of how their language works as well as the tools they will need to craft clear and elegant sentences. They will review grammar essentials such as parts of speech, punctuation, and agreement, and also examine some subtler rules about usage and sentence structure. Students will be given opportunities to practice using what they are learning in short exercises designed to help them become more nimble at putting their ideas into writing.

* To enroll for both weeks of Grammar & Mechanics (section 2) at a discount, please register for Week 1, and for Week 2 and the discount will be applied automatically.

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PREPARING FOR SENIOR YEAR

College Application Writing Workshop
August 21-25, 2017
12:30–3:30 p.m.; Rising Grade 12; $235/$195 (early bird until 6/15)

Join GFS College counselor Rachel Fumia for a one-week workshop that will focus on how to write an effective college application essay. The focus will be on helping students find their authentic personal voice and on crafting an engaging narrative that will offer the reader a clear picture of the student. Participants will receive specific instruction in Common Application essay prompts, topic selection, essay structure, and peer reviewing.

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