The GFS Upper School news magazine Earthquake recently won a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award (CSPA) for overall excellence. In addition, nine GFS students (in Upper and Middle School) won individual honors in the CSPA 2019 Gold Circle Awards.
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.
Each year, GFS hosts a number of local holiday food drives, practicing the Quaker tenets of stewardship and community. Divisions partner with local nonprofit organizations, including the Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Covenant House Pennsylvania, St. Luke's Church, and Whosoever Gospel Mission. In addition to supporting the drives, you can help deliver non-perishable food items to families this holiday season.
Long-standing GFS partner, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a celebration at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on October 18. Breakthrough- originally called Summerbridge-was founded by GFS Head of School at the time, Dick Wade with members of GFS faculty, staff, and parents in 1995 as a way to provide summertime learning opportunities for students in the Germantown community.
GFS hosts tournament in support of St. Christopher's Reach Out and Read early childhood literacy program.
Girls Varsity Soccer took to the pitch on Senior Day to play their final home game of the season against league opponent Moorestown Friends. The Tigers honored Seniors Curran McLaughlin, Lily Seldin, Lauryn Milbourne, and team manager Nicole Li with a spirited performance on the field.
in grades EC–12
75% hold advanced degrees
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Friends Schools League Athletic championship titles
National Merit Finalists, 2014-19
National Merit Scholars, 2014-19
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