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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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Explorer Camp (Grades 1-5)

Explorer Camp is the vibrant, varied and fun-filled cornerstone of Summertime at GFS. Explorer Camp encourages campers’ curiosity and creativity as they dig deep into areas of personal interest, stretch their capabilities, and build lasting friendships in a fun, imaginative, and supportive camp environment.

Along with all the perks of a traditional summer day camp, each week Explorer campers pick two mini-courses from 30+ options. Explore the mini-courses here!

Explorer Camp is for campers who will be entering grades 1 to 5 for Fall 2017.



New this year: 25% discount for campers who enroll for 5 or 6 weeks!

See Registration Details.

On top of two daily mini-courses, each week is rooted in a group-focused routine featuring:

  • Daily drop-in activities ranging from parkour to puzzles, epic dance moves to conversational French.
  • Weekly field trips to destinations around Philadelphia.
  • Twice-weekly swims at the Germantown Cricket Club
  • Friday’s Explorer Showcase and Ice Cream Fun-dae- Parents and loved ones invited!


Because enrollment is limited, mini-courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, campers who sign up early will have first pick!

In case a selected mini-course already has filled, campers will be asked to select a third, "just-in-case" mini-course preference during registration. (Note: This does not apply when a camper has selected an Intensive.)

While every effort will be made to place campers in their mini-courses of choice, Explorer Camp reserves the right to assign campers to mini-courses at its discretion.

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