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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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Current Opportunities

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In-Home Learning Guides for Preschool Through Second Grade Students

GFS is seeking qualified adults to work in person with students in preschool through second grade. Learning Guides will work side-by-side either with one child in his or her home or with a "pod" of no more than five children in a pod host's home. The Guide's job is to assist the child(ren) with online learning with the goal of making sure each child is grasping the concepts being taught. 

The position is for 30-35 hours per week, Monday-Friday, for the full school day (approximately 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.). A parent or guardian will be in the home throughout the day. The pay is $500/week. Guides are welcome to work for additional hours for which parents will pay the guides separately. 

Guides will support students in person with all aspects of the learning process, including logging onto the Google Classroom, navigating activity links, submitting Flipgrid and Seesaw assignments, assisting in viewing asynchronous videos, and generally ensuring that a student understands the concepts being taught. Additional duties might include going on a walk outside or engaging in other fun and enriching activities. Learning Guides are not permitted to cook, clean (other than to keep the student's supplies and work space neat and organized), or do any household chores. 

Families and Learning Guides will work out a mutually agreeable plan for addressing all COVID-19-related mitigation strategies, including masks, hand-washing, workspace hygiene, social distancing, ventilation, and any other considerations mutually relevant to them. 

High school diploma required. Experience working with children is strongly preferred.


Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are especially encouraged to apply.

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

Title IX Notice of Policy 
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. Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the following:

Ted Oxholm
History Teacher, Assistant General Counsel
Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references to: