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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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Lower School Substitute Teacher

Germantown Friends School is seeking a Lower School Substitute Teacher who will be responsible for providing instruction, managing the classroom environment, and promoting student learning in the absence of the regular teacher. When there is not a need for a substituting role, this individual also supports students who are in need of extra support in the classroom. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Teaches scheduled classes and prepares a written summary of work completed. 
  • Assumes all duties and responsibilities of the absent teacher. 
  • Follows the teacher’s written lesson plans. Consults with the office staff to resolve questions and/or concerns. 
  • Upholds and complies with building procedures and schedules. Promotes the proper use of school property. 
  • Makes the absent teacher aware of special situations or problems encountered. 
  • Implements effective management procedures. 
  • Maintains high standards and upholds school rules.
  • Intervenes and/or reports concerns to an administrator. 
  • Develops and maintains a positive learning environment and works cooperatively with staff and parents.
  • Respects personal privacy. Maintains the confidentiality of privileged information. 
  • Ensures staff/student safety. Does not leave students unsupervised. Supervises other students when assigned. 
  • Supports students as assigned by the Lower School Director, Lead Teachers, or Office Assistants.
  • Performs other job-related duties as directed. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field
  • Ability to follow and communicate both oral and written directions and instructions. 
  • Ability to effectively manage time and responsibilities. 
  • Ability to be professional in appearance, attitude, and demeanor. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Possesses a state teaching license
  • Master’s Degree

Work Environment:  

While performing the duties of this position, the employee regularly works inside with some outdoor duties. The individual is directly responsible for the safety, well-being, and work output of students. This individual works under the direction of the Lower School Director, other Lead Teachers, and the Lower School office staff. This person is evaluated by teachers and the Lower School Director.

Attributes of a Successful Candidate:

  • High quality interpersonal skills to build rapport and trust with all staff members
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, team player, flexible thinker
  • High visibility with staff and accessibility to students
  • Thoughtful decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Lifelong learning role model

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact info of three references to Please include “LS Substitute Teacher” in the subject line.

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

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