As part of the social studies curriculum in Zarah Adams's first grade class, her students consider identity, and who we are as individuals.
WHEN yOu bEgIN WITH THE bELIEF that each person has a unique inner light, great things can happen. At GFS, we discover and nurture a multitude of hidden talents. We teach each child to speak his or her mind, and make sure every voice is heard. We believe community is built on a foundation of mutual respect. Read Our Mission
At GFS, we instill in our students the belief that they can achieve anything, and allow them the opportunity to grow, to step forward as leaders and to find their own way. As a result, our graduates have the creativity and confidence to write their own definitions of success.
Heather Chu Marvill's eighth grade art students have added a new twist to promoting pet adoptions: showcasing adoptable animals through portraiture.
Join us for a four-week evening potluck series in transformational intergroup dialogue around race, beginning 11/12.
In October, our second grade classes worked with Robin Moore, a children's book author and storyteller, who led the students in constructing a tipi on the Pennsbury parking lot. Tipis are the traditional homes of the Lakota and Cheyenne, natives of the Great Plains of North America.
GFS has 7,400 bulbs (or lamps, in the parlance of electrical maintenance) on campus, and they all need replacing regularly. Nick Dobrowolski, our Director of Buildings and Grounds, decided to do things differently this time around when the lamps needed replacing: he switched the entire campus to LEDs.
in grades ECP–12
73% hold advanced degrees
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Friends Schools League Athletic championship titles
National Merit Finalists, 2014-18
National Merit Scholars, 2014-18
Neighborhood organization partners
Upper School clubs
LEED Gold building,
the Wade Science Center
We need more schools like GFS to teach the next generation of young people the knowledge to improve their lives and the lives of others, while also inspiring the keen desire to do so.
Leah Rosenberg GFS Class of 1982
Germantown Friends is not just a campus filled with buildings. It embodies a community that inspires, supports and promotes the right ingredients for success.
Michelle Marshall GFS Parent
My life would not be what it is today had GFS
not been a part of it.
Eric Owen russell GFS Class of 1978
There is a shared belief in the power and value of education that unites the school community and the families who choose GFS. At every grade level, you find teachers who are passionate about intellectual exploration. You see a true excitement about learning.
Faye Steacy Retired Lower School Teacher
GFS gave me the confidence to reach for success, a foundation of knowledge to build upon, and the assurance that there would always be unconditional support for my goals from people I'm proud to call my friends.
Reiss Clauson-Wolf GFS Class of 2009