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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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Transformational Intergroup Dialogue

One of our primary tools to build better relationships and promote constructive conflict is Transformational Intergroup Dialogue. 

What is Transformational Intergroup Dialogue?

Transformational Intergroup Dialogue is a social justice education approach which promotes intergroup cooperation and understanding through dialogue by helping participants address individual, social, and organizational barriers to diversity engagement. 

Dialogues offer an opportunity for authentic intergroup engagement by providing a supportive, non-judgmental environment that minimizes shame, humiliation, and guilt and fosters collaborative learning. Intergroup Dialogues, whether implemented in a one-time session, full-day event, house party, or workshop, create effective spaces for learning and authentic engagement across differences based on age, ability, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Dialoguing the GFS Way

While this approach is offered throughout the United States, we have made it our own by including important elements of the Quaker roots and philosophy, including an emphasis on reflection and asking queries, or thoughtful deep questions that encourage self-inquiry and discovery. 

The concept of Transformational Intergroup Dialogue draws from two successful models for promoting democratic dialogue, action and civic engagement in the context of diversity. These include 1) the Michigan Intergroup Relations Model, a process used by the University of Michigan and universities throughout the United States to promote intergroup dialogue and engagement in higher education and community settings; and 2) Transformational Social Therapy (TST), a process used internationally to promote knowledge sharing and collaborative action involving diverse parties in municipalities, civil society, educational settings, and other public arenas.

Both models are informed by the theory and practice of multicultural citizenship and theory and research on learning and equitable social change in the context of diversity.

Some Intergroup Dialogue Offerings:

  • Professional Learning Community Intergroup Dialogue
    • 14 weeks, bi-weekly, 18 participants, faculty and staff
  • Lunchtime Intergroup Dialogue
    • 14 weeks, faculty and staff
  • Advanced Facilitation Intergroup Dialogue Group
    • 10 weeks, bi-weekly, 10 participants, faculty and staff
  • Real Talk Race Dialogue at Friends Free Library
    • community event
  • Faculty/Staff Week: Dialoguing with SPICES  
  • 8th Grade MOSAIC (Moving on Social and Individual Change)
    • Race Dialogue with 8th Graders
  • Student Leaders - Race and Gender Dialogue
    • multiple grades
  • Dialogue Parties
    • at various staff and parent homes