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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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Current Opportunities

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Part-time Upper School History Teacher (Long-Term Substitute)

Germantown Friends School is seeking part-time history teachers to fill one or both of two faculty leaves of absence. The first is from the first week of October until Thanksgiving and the second is from approximately the first week of February until mid-April. We welcome applications for one or both of those opportunities.

The preferred candidate will be passionate about history, innovative, well-versed in the use of  Google Classroom and enthusiastic about working with upper school students. Candidates should be able to lead students in close scrutiny of social, technological, and economic history via an array of primary and secondary curriculum resources, with the central goal of fostering engaged citizenship. The ability to work with students to develop analytical thinking and clear, effective writing is essential.

Teaching responsibilities include:

Fall position: two sections of 10th-grade Ancient History

February-April position: two sections of 9th-grade Comparative Cultures and one section of 11th/12th grade Modern US Political Ideologies and Issues

  • Collaboration and curriculum development with fellow grade-level teachers
  • Participation in History Department and grade-level meetings and activities
  • Grading and providing timely individualized feedback to students
  • Posting assignments to Google Classroom
  • Additional responsibilities, such as study hall and morning homeroom/advisory

A highly qualified candidate is one who:

  • Holds a degree in history and/or education, Master’s degree preferred
  • Enjoys and has experience teaching adolescents
  • Is eager to work with students individually on their writing skills
  • Is prepared to give detailed individualized feedback and guidance to students
  • Has a broad range of interests and knowledge
  • Has experience teaching history in a multicultural, inclusive context
  • Is sensitive to individual learning styles and needs
  • Is highly organized

A complete job description is available upon request.

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.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to:

Please indicate one of the following in the subject line:

History Fall position, History Spring position, or History Both positions