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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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Live Streamed Events

Upcoming Live Streams

Cohen Art Lecture: Marisa Williamson '04
Wednesday, April 11, 10:20 a.m. 

Marisa Williamson '04 is a Newark, NJ-based multimedia artist whose work is exhibited regularly throughout the U.S. She will present and discuss her ongoing performance, video, and installation work, which explores, through embodiment and critique, the life and legacy of Sally Hemings, slave of American President Thomas Jefferson.

Abigail Cohen was a graduate of the class of 1991. Her life as an artist and photographer was dedicated to the pursuit of social and aesthetic concerns. The Abigail Rebecca Cohen '91 annual lecture series is made possible by the generous support of her brother, Jonathan Cohen '88, and his wife Julia Pershan. 

Science Assembly Speaker: Marc DiNardo '80
Wednesday, April 18, 10:20 a.m.

Marc DiNardo '80 (son of Tom DiNardo '54) works for NASA. He will discuss growing up at GFS during the Space Age and launching a career in aerospace engineering through the support of the GFS community. 

He'll describe satellites that he has helped to design and build, including climate research observatories, the latest spacecraft for weather forecasting, and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope. He hopes to inspire and motivate GFS students by sharing his experiences and taking questions.

PAST Live Streams

Campus Master Planning Forum
Wednesday, March 14, from 6-7 p.m.

Sports Medicine: Concussion Education
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7 p.m.

Alumni Assembly Featuring David Gould '07
Wednesday, December 13, 10:20 a.m.

Mercer Tate '48 Lecture for Public Service: David Wade '00
Wednesday, October 18, 10:20 a.m.

2017 Graduation Ceremony Live Stream
Friday, June 9, 2017, 11 a.m.

Ron Tarver Presents 2017 Cohen Art Lecture
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 10:05 a.m.

Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8 p.m. ET

Rebecca Traister '93 Delivers Upper School Annual Alumni Lecture
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10 a.m. ET

"Health Disparities and Medicine: The Predicaments of Race, Class and Doctors of Color"
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. ET

Mercer Tate Lecture: Kelly Lee, Philadelphia's Chief Cultural Officer
October 19, 2016, 10 a.m. ET