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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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Cultural and Racial Diversity

GFS is proudly a multicultural school, enrolling families from many racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. We strive to be a welcoming and affirming community for students, parents, and faculty/staff of color and for people of all ethnicities and cultures. Our school community offers opportunities where our cultural and racial identities can be part of what we learn about and share at GFS.

Faculty Professional Development

GFS faculty and staff members are engaged in intermediate and advanced professional development around issues of diversity pertaining to race, culture, and ethnicity, and we focus all-faculty and group discussions around these issues.

  • Each year a group of faculty attend the Annual National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference and the Annual White Privilege Conference. The 2016 White Privilege Conference was held in Philadelphia, and GFS took part in the planning committee, joining several other area Quaker schools and organizations.
  • All new faculty and staff attend a yearly day-long workshop on Cultural Competence in schools, hosted by the Philadelphia-area Multicultural Resource Center.
  • Various opportunities to attend conferences and trainings on topics focused around racial and cultural identity, cultural competence, multicultural education, anti-racism, etc. are publicized and made available to teachers.
  • In-house professional development training opportunities for faculty and staff are offered yearly and are designed by the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These include Intergroup Dialogue facilitation and a professional learning community for multicultural and social justice education.
  • Many of our teachers are actively engaged in exploring race, culture, and ethnicity and are leaders in diversity at GFS, regionally and nationally, presenting at conferences and other gatherings.

Faculty-Staff Initiatives

  • Faculty-staff initiated affinity groups include the Staff of Color Group and the White Ally Affinity Group.
  • Lower School Social Justice Taskforce: The SJ Taskforce addresses issues of race, culture, and ethnicity and the impact of these in teaching, learning, and community interaction in the Lower School. This group serves as a resource for LS faculty.
  • School-wide Diversity Leadership Team: A K-12 group of faculty and administrators who support diversity efforts and help to deepen the diversity conversation across the divisions, this group supports faculty in issues of teaching and learning pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, and helps to build positive community interactions in our diverse school community.

Outreach & Recruitment

GFS is a member school of the Philadelphia-area Multicultural Resource Center, an initiative that coordinates events and professional development for independent school members. We are also connected with Nemnet, a recruitment firm that works to attract faculty and staff of color to independent schools. GFS also hosts its own yearly open houses for prospective faculty and staff of color, along with interested candidates who are committed to diversity and multiculturalism in education.