The Open Door


The Open Door, a unique community-gathering place just off the Front Hall in the Main Building, is now open! Conceived by a committee of parents, faculty and friends and funded by GFS alumni, this hybrid-space is a place for conversation, collaboration and exploration between students and faculty. It currently features GFS gear and athletic apparel; books and reading material for sale and to borrow; and a small menu of food and beverages, supported by local businesses: the homegrown High Point Cafe, owned by GFS alumna Meg Hagele, Weaver's Way Co-op of Mt. Airy, and Merrymead Farm, with more to come. The Open Door is managed by Ashley Alter, previously an employee of High Point. Dedicated parent volunteers assist Ashley, and all profit go toward the Community Scholars Program. Next time you’re on campus, please come check it out!


Information about the Open Door Card

What is the Open Door Card?

The Open Door Card is distinctly separate from your Meal Pay Plus account. It is a gift card, on which you can load money and use in The Open Door only. You can load one card per student or per family. Just please specify who is authorized to use the card.

How do I initially load my student's Open Door Card?

In person, via cash, check, or credit card. Otherwise, please email to be assigned a card. Once you receive your unique card, BID, and CVV numbers, register your card and load money via the StoreCard Manager website:

This website will also allow you to check your balance, view your transaction history, and link your Open Door Card to a credit card to ensure that there will always be funds available.

Payments will show up as "PURCHASE Germantown F Philadelphia PA CARD ####" on your credit card statement.

Please Note: The balance on your Open Door Card will carry over each academic year, but the remaining balance on card is non-refundable.


Front Hall of the Main Building


Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Specialty drinks will be available ALL DAY, EVERY DAY beginning November 3.  Coffee, Iced Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Chocolate Milk and Juices are always available.

Payment Options:
Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover), $15 minimum
Open Door Card

Ashley Alter, manager