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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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Director of College Counseling

Germantown Friends School is seeking a Director of College Counseling to lead Upper School students through the college search and admissions process. This responsibility includes working closely with students, parents, and faculty; promoting a creative, exciting environment around the college-counseling process; encouraging and providing good communication among all constituencies related to the process; and facilitating and nurturing all activities that support the process.

The Director of College Counseling will set the strategy and philosophy of the College Counseling Office at Germantown Friends School in a very challenging college admissions environment.

Specific duties for the Director of College Counseling include:

  • Counseling individual students from 10th grade onward in highly personalized ways to learn about a student’s interests, abilities, talents, needs, and ambitions in connection with college or university study.
  • Maintaining close contact with the students’ families regarding all aspects of the college counseling process.
  • Discovering and collecting information about the students relating to academics, athletics, co-curriculars, background, and social life as a framework for the school’s official college recommendation prepared by the College Counseling office.
  • Advising students about co-curricular opportunities to help grow their passions and strengths.
  • Providing financial-aid counseling for students and families.
  • Assisting in programming events and workshops that build education around the college-application process.
  • Maintaining close contact with admissions personnel in various colleges and universities, understanding the programs of those schools, and promoting visits to GFS by representatives of various colleges and universities.
  • Maintaining affiliations with professional organizations in support of the College Counseling program (e.g. NACAC, NAIS, PACIS).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

The position requires a person who has a passion for working with adolescents and families, who possesses excellent communication skills, and who is highly organized to attend to essential details. Candidates should have substantial experience in either college admissions or secondary-school college counseling.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience in college admissions or a high school college counseling setting.
  • Excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Experience with computer programs, including Cialfo and Google Suite.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information of three references to Please include “Director of College Counseling” in the subject line.

About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood‐12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit

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 encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at



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