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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.

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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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Celebrating GFS' 2021-2022 Coaches!

More than 125 GFS coaches lead the Tigers on 70 Varsity, JV, and MS teams in the fall, winter, and spring seasons. This year alone, the coaches led the Tigers to seven FSL Championship, state and national competition, program records, and multiple college commitments. 

“Our coaches cultivated an environment where their student-athletes and teams succeeded in the win-loss column, and in life!” said Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark. 

Developing positive learning environments is a craft that Bergstrom Mark says that GFS coaches are astute. “This can be particularly challenging for our coaches who have athletes of varying abilities and interests. We have beginner to elite athletes, athletes focused primarily on health and wellness, and athletes primarily striving for national competition. Our coaches’ specialized instruction kept all of our athletes engaged and allowed for each athlete to develop to their full potential.

“Our coaches are also skilled at identifying and managing team dynamics with an emphasis and priority on impeccable sportspersonship, safety, and fun. They help students develop confidence in their skills. They possess positive outlooks which impact everyone and lead to better group dynamics, a sense of belonging, and success."

Bergstrom Mark also pointed out that GFS coaches are unique in their ability to foster a deeper understanding of concepts  – explaining the why behind the drill – which creates a stronger buy-in from the student-athletes and motivates them to succeed in their training and in competition. The coaches also maximize training time with the athletes, understanding that many have varied commitments outside of their team.

“All these attributes are critical to successful coaching, and so is experience and knowledge. This year alone, our coaches sought out professional development to build on their game; more than 50 attended seminars, meetings, and events and made time to seek sport-specific training and accreditation. I am thankful for their ongoing dedication to our program!”

Congratulations to the GFS coaches for an outstanding 2021-2022 academic year! 

View the gallery featuring many of our stellar coaches and staff in action.


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