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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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Cultivating Student Diversity Leadership

As a school committed to in-depth diversity work, we encourage the engagement of the whole community in diversity matters, especially in regards to our students. Students in all three divisions are offered opportunities for leadership and learning in diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.

Lower School

The Lower School supports periodic affinity group gatherings, usually initiated by Upper School student groups. Last year, Sistahs hosted a Valentine’s Day cookie-gathering and community connection event for Lower School girls of color, and in collaboration with BASE, Sistahs hosts an annual Honey Chillun’ springtime playdate for Lower and Middle School students of color.

Middle School

In the Middle School, we offer periodic opportunities for students to connect around their social identities. Middle School affinity groups are held as monthly optional lunches, where students can come together to have discussions or simply be together informally. Currently, Middle School faculty members offer a Kids of Color Lunch, a Jewish Kids Lunch and a Straight/Gay Alliance Lunch.

Upper School

Led by students and supported by faculty, our identity-based affinity groups in the Upper School are numerous and vibrant. These clubs offer safety and affirmation at GFS, and include:

  • Asian Students Association
  • Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment (BASE)
  • Chaverim (Jewish students’ alliance)
  • FOCUS (a group for young Christians)
  • Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
  • Sistahs (young women of color alliance)

Cultivating Diversity Leadership

We also offer students diversity training, and opportunities to lead around matters of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. Some projects are as follows:

  • Upper School students are offered the opportunity to apply to participate in twice yearly Student Diversity Dialogue Days. These are all-day experiences where students build community, learn core concepts, and engage in honest discussion about issues of social identity and multiculturalism.
  • A group of student leaders attends the yearly NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), a part of the yearly People of Color in Independent Schools Conference (PoCC) and the Annual White Privilege Conference (WPC)/Youth Action Project.
  • A group of Upper and Middle School boys of color attended the Young Men of Color Symposium at Riverdale Day School in New York City.
  • The Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative hosted an inaugural “Elementary Rocks!” diversity conference in which a group of fifth graders participated.
  • Middle school students attend a yearly diversity conference with other independent school students, sponsored by the Philadelphia-area Multicultural Resource Center.
  • MOSAIC (Moving on Social and Individual Change), daylong diversity training and group-building experiences for the eighth grade.
  • SAFE (Student Ambassadors For Equity) leadership and diversity training in the Middle School.