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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

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

David Gould '07 is the Deputy Director of Community Engagement and Communications for the City of Philadelphia's Rebuilding Community Infrastructure initiative (Rebuild). David shares his career trajectory and personal experiences.

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

David Wade '00, currently Director of Policy and Planning for Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania State Attorney General, will discuss his long involvement with public service. David's career has spanned domestic and international work, including the Obama White House.

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

Ron Tarver received a BA in Journalism and Graphic Arts from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He teaches photography as an Instructor of Studio Arts at Swarthmore College, and was previously a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 35 years.

Tarver's work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Black and White Magazine, among other publications; he co-authored the book "We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans."

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

Join us for the much-loved annual Holiday Concert. The program will feature the Upper School Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and MadriGals, with works ranging from portions of Mozart's C minor Mass to the Finale of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony. The Fairmount Chamber Ensemble will join forces with these groups to create a magical evening.

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

Rebecca's new book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, published in March, is a groundbreaking investigation into the sexual, economic and emotional lives of women in America.

The annual Alumni Speaker series is an opportunity for current students to be exposed to GFS's varied and talented alumni community.

"Health Disparities and Medicine: The Predicaments of Race, Class and Doctors of Color"
Thursday, October 13, presentation begins at 7 p.m., following food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation and panel discussion features GFS parent-physicians Dr. Carmen Guerra and Dr. Michelle Hu. Click on the image below to begin the live stream.

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

Kelly Lee '85 will present the Annual Mercer Tate '48 Lecture for Public Service on Wednesday, October 19, at 10 a.m. in the Loeb Performing Arts Center. Click on the image below to begin the live stream.