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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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Actions for Equity

Our Renewed Approach to Anti-Racism

The killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks have opened eyes across the country to systemic problems, and pushed schools and organizations—including GFS—to better understand their role in dismantling racism.While equity has long been a part of the GFS mission and a core priority of our strategic vision, this awakening across the country and within our own community is inspiring us to adapt and improve, creating an even safer, stronger GFS. Thank you to the courageous students, families, faculty, and staff who are sharing their stories of aggressions and microaggressions, and providing voices and ideas to ensure our plan forward is implemented with love and care. 

We continue to share updates below and with our community. Thank you for your partnership.

We will bring this renewed commitment to anti-racism to life through an ongoing process that includes:

  • Community Conversations (ongoing)
  • Statement and Values (shared below)
  • An Action Plan (below)
  • A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Report (below, here, and ongoing)
  • Accountability Checks (below and ongoing)



Actions for Equity: A Working Plan
Developed in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Officers of the School Committee, and with guidance and input from many—current and former students; faculty and staff; families; neighbors; and educational partners—we have built a framework for our work going forward. This is a working document and we will update as we listen to even more voices and test our new approach. Below you will find our statement and values, followed by priorities and accompanying steps:


Plan Updates and Reports



Share Your Thoughts about the Working Plan

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(plan updates below)






This summer, we invited GFS parents, alumni, faculty, and staff to share working plan feedback. Over 600 people joined our Community Conversations and we heard important feedback, ideas, and reflections, on topics including:

  • Accountability and transparency 
  • Student/Family and Employee handbook updates
  • Clear policies and processes for enforcement 
  • Bias incident reporting procedures
  • Curriculum updates and consistency 
  • Mental health support for the BIPOC community
  • Faculty and staff support, recognition, and advancement
  • Intersectionality
  • Recruitment of BIPOC faculty, staff, and students
  • Restorative justice
  • DEI program and initiative support

 Sessions Held:

  • Faculty and Staff of Color
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Alumni: Graduation year before or including 1979
  • Alumni:1980-1999
  • Alumni: 2000-2019
  • Alumni (All alumni)
  • Alumni of Color Host Committee
  • Parents: Early Childhood
  • Parents: Lower School
  • Parents: Middle School
  • Parents: Upper School
  • Parents of Color Session (2 sessions)
  • US Students/Class of 2020
  • Multicultural Parents Alliance Executive Committee