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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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The Pillars of A

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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Upper School English Teacher

The English department at Germantown Friends School is seeking an English teacher to join its dynamic department. English classes at GFS intend to provide students with rich, engaging instruction in literature and writing. The ideal candidate is an innovative, collaborative teacher with extensive content knowledge in the areas of literature and creative and critical writing instruction. The candidate should derive joy from the ideas and expression of young people, and impart upon them a love of literature and language. A Master’s Degree, while not required, is preferred. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Is a passionate and active reader of texts, both new and old

  • Combines a commitment to academic excellence with a joy for learning

  • Seeks to know each child and draw on individual strengths

  • Is an excellent writer who can effectively teach others how to write well and develop their voice on the page and also integrates instruction in grammar and style into their writing instruction

  • Actively and consistently considers curriculum and pedagogy through the lenses of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Enjoys collaborating with colleagues on curriculum and lesson planning

  • Is fluent in the use of educational technology, particularly Google Classroom, Zoom, and Google Meet


  • Manage a full teaching load, including January Term

  • Participate in the Essentially English program

  • Advise a group of 8-10 students 

  • Participate in the life of the school, including required meetings and duties

  • Support the mission of the school and strategic initiatives

  • Participate in the life of the school, including advisory roles, supporting departmental publications, homerooms, and committee work

  • Support the department and attend all pertinent meetings 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Please include US English Teacher in the subject line.

Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school serving 900 students in grades K-12. Located in an historic, urban setting in northwest Philadelphia, the school takes its identity from a constellation of four distinct elements: a vibrant intellectual community, an historic urban setting, a diverse school community and a grounding in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, please visit our website at



Consistent with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, GFS does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including respecting employees, and is required by Title IX and applicable federal regulations to refrain from such discrimination. In addition, GFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in matters of admissions, access, employment, services, or in educational programs or activities it operates in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or its implementing regulations. Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX or Section 504 may be referred to the following:

Ted Oxholm

History Teacher, Assistant General Counsel

Germantown Friends School

31 West Coulter Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144