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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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Working at GFS

We hope that you will consider GFS as a profoundly rewarding community in which to work.

Strengths of our school include:

  • A strong sense of mission and values that draws a diverse and talented group of faculty and families into powerful community. We learn a great deal from each other at GFS and our broad diversity of race, religion, sexual orientation, and life experience is a central and valued strength of the community.
  • A strong commitment to faculty as professionals who are engaged in the profound and rewarding work of their own life-long learning and the sharing of this experience with students and colleagues.

    Our value and support of faculty and staff are demonstrated in many ways:
    • Excellent salaries and benefits. Beginning salaries at GFS are among the highest in the country for independent schools. Our median salary is in the 90th percentile of NAIS schools and at the top of schools in the Philadelphia region.
    • Robust support of professional development. Professional development at GFS is widely defined; funding is provided for course work, travel, workshops, books and materials, even child care when appropriate, so that faculty may pursue a wide range of learning experiences.
    • Broad opportunities for initiative and collaboration not only in curriculum but in many areas of school life. Quakers believe strongly in the capacity of individuals to bring many gifts to community and try not to restrict these contributions by role or rank. Decisions at GFS are highly collaborative and faculty are invited to play full roles in creating academic program, day to day decision making, creation of school policy, and planning for the future of the school.
    • Strong faculty support in orientation upon joining the faculty, a web of supportive connection with principals, department heads, and colleagues, and the support of affinity groups such as our Staff and Faculty of Color Group and LGBT Queer Staff and Faculty Group.

We continually seek to build our contacts with those interested in teaching at GFS. If interested, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Neeta McCulloch
Administrative Assistant
Germantown Friends School
31 W. Coulter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144