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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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Athletics Leadership and Coaches Benefit from DEI Training and Professional Development

More than fifty coaches and members of the Athletics leadership team participated in professional development and DEI training this academic year, expanding their knowledge and competencies that then translate to the fields, mats, courts, river, and track and elevate our athletes’ overall experience. 

Newcomer Assistant Athletic Director, Rachel Profit Scott (photo) has made an immediate impact focusing on our middle school programming and will continue to plan for innovative ways for our youngest athletes to grow and develop. This year, middle schoolers benefitted from our coach and athlete development initiatives, specifically through GFS’s partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance and the addition of a Mental Skills and Performance Coach Colleen Finnegan  that has led sessions on goal setting, visualization, positive self-talk, and other skills that specifically address the mental training of our youngest student-athletes.

In addition, GFS’s leadership team was involved in league and state level initiatives that were broad and impactful. Charla Okewole, GFS Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, connected with Friends Schools League colleagues in conjunction with the FSL Equity and Antiracism ongoing initiatives.  The partnership between athletic directors and nine league DEIB experts has made conversations turn into action, specifically notable around conflict resolution processes.    

“Our league-wide partnership with Dr. Scott Brooks, Director of Research at the Global Sports Institute at Arizona State University has been an intentional year of discussion, research and reflection on DEI topics of how we operate as a league as administrators. We have the commitment and responsibility to be leaders in this important and ongoing work. I appreciate the commitment of resources that GFS Athletics continually and unquestionably puts into making sports accessible, safe and a true place where all student-athletes can thrive. It is a privilege to interact every day with colleagues that have the same goals and believe in our philosophy,” said Bergstrom Mark. 

Both Associate Athletic Director Mike Lintulahti and Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark serve in multiple leadership and committee roles including serving on the EARS (Equity and Anti-Racism Steering Committee), Professional Development Training Committee, and Bias Incident Reporting & Accountability Committee that have established a league wide reporting process and supporting student engagement in league initiatives. 

The FSL has trained more than 150 coaches league-wide, also in the Sports Can Battle Racism Course from Positive Coaching Alliance – more than 30 coaches being from GFS.  

In addition, coaches took part in sport-specific training and clinics at the college level to further develop their skills and attain certifications in advanced coaching. 

The GFS Coaches staff also built on their game with training throughout the year highlighted by attending some of the following events: 

  • Women in Athletics symposium sponsored by Temple University

  • USTFCAA Certifications

  • USFHCA Clinics

  • PASLA Coaching Clinics 

  • NFHS Learn

  • USTA Move Forward Tennis

  • NASM Nutrition Certification

  • USA Soccer Convention

  • US Squash Multi-Level Certifications

  • Softball Excellence Clinic Level 1

  • Philadelphia Coaches Conference

  • USA Field Hockey Coach Education

  • NATA Convention and Continuing Education 

  • National High School Coaches Women’s Leadership Academy

  • CPR/AED trainer certification

The Tigers are always looking for new and innovative ways to approach our coaching, so please share any opportunities that you come across in your sports travel!


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