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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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Fast Facts

Germantown Friends School is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSS). We are also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), and the Friends Council on Education.

Student Body

  • 1,064 Students; 526 boys and 538 girls
  • 1:7 Faculty-to-student ratio
  • 35.8% Students of color
  • 5.4% Quaker
  • 9.6% Children or grandchildren of alumni
  • 10.2% Children of faculty and staff
  • 100% Graduates accepted to a four-year college or university
  • National Merit Scholarship Competition, 2014-19: 11 Scholars;
    53 Finalists; 60 Semifinalists; 85 Commended
  • Athletics: 147 Friends Schools League Championships, and 19 PAISAA State Championships


  • 163 Faculty members
  • 73% Faculty hold advanced degrees
  • 16.8% Faculty/staff are Quaker
  • 29 Faculty/staff members are alumni
  • 20 Average number of years of teaching experience


Current Operating Budget
$32.9 million

Tuition Range for 2019-20
Early Childhood, $18,500–$23,650; Kindergarten, $26,750;
Grades 1-3, $29,850; Grades 4-5, $32,250; Grades 6-8, $35,000;
Grades 9-12, $38,450

$4.8 million granted in need-based tuition assistance awarded to 33 percent of students in 2019-20, including 12 Community Scholars

2018-19 Annual Fund Campaign

  • $1,442,873 raised from 1,706 donors; 111 percent of goal
  • 27% alumni participation
  • 50% faculty/staff participation
  • 55% parent participation
  • 100% School Committee participation

Capital Improvements Since 2000

2009 Wade Science Center

2008 Friends Free Library Renovation

2005 Campus Common

2004 Field House

2004 Loeb Performing Arts Center

2003 Greenawalt Track and Field