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About Us

School students walking into the main building of Germantown Friends School.
Welcome to GFS!

At GFS, we bring together our values, our neighborhood, and our people to imagine a better world—and begin to bring it to life.

Founded in 1845 under the care of the Germantown Monthly Meeting and governed by the School Committee, Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent day school for students in Early Childhood through Grade 12, located in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

At a Glance


Students in Early Childhood - Grade 12


Student-to-faculty ratio


Graduates attend a four-year college


Student-led clubs and affinity groups


Friends Schools League athletic championship titles


National Merit Scholars, 2014-20


Zip codes represented

Mission Statement

Germantown Friends School is dedicated to reaching that of God in every person. Our mission is to seek truth, challenge the intellect, honor differences, embrace the city, and nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit.

A Quaker School

We are a Friends school, under the care of Germantown Monthly Meeting, founded on the belief that there is that of God in everyone.

Our History

At GFS, our view of the present—and of the future—is informed by our long history. We recognize that knowledge of the past is a key to the future.


Learn about our Leadership Team and the School Committee, our governing body, which functions much like a board of directors.

Welcome from Head of School

Read a letter from GFS Head of School Dana Weeks.