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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

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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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Clare Meyer ’22 Named FSL MVP and USA Lacrosse All-Academic; Hanson ’22, McLaughlin ’22, and Shay ’23 Earn PASLA All-Academic Honors

Clare Meyer ’22 was named the Friends Schools League Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season. Meyer also earned FSL All-League honors every season of her career, beginning in eighth grade. She led the 2022 Tigers to the FSL Championship title – the fourth in five years; an undefeated FSL season; and a bid in the top division of the PAISAA State Tournament. Meyer also achieved the milestone of 150 career goals in 2022. The league MVP honor is bestowed on athletes from 15 Philadelphia-area leagues by the Pennsylvania Area Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (PASLA).

In addition, Meyer earned USA Lacrosse All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year, recognizing her outstanding achievement on and off the field. Meyer is just one of a select group nationwide to earn this honor, including just 24 from the area.

“Clare is one of the all-time greats to wear the GFS uniform! We did not necessarily need Clare to pour in a lot of goals this year; while she did that, she also became a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the field and played some really heads-up lacrosse. Each game, the opposition was game-planning around containing Clare, but no team found a solution. Clare kept her cool, played smart, and set up teammates for success. She took her role as a mentor to younger players very seriously this season, and I know that they learned from the competitive mindset Clare brings to each competition, and her ability to lean into pressure situations. Clare has been an absolute difference-maker in our program,” said Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark. 

Also recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic record were Alexa Hanson ‘22, Annie McLaughlin ‘22, and Ella Shay ’23, who were named to the PASLA All-Academic Team. 

“Annie McLaughlin has been a mainstay on our field since her eighth-grade year, when she started for our championship-winning team. She is one of the smartest and most coachable players I have coached. Annie always finds a way to have an impact, and has run miles upon miles as a middie for us for four seasons; we are going to miss her hard-nosed and heads-up play. We are lucky that she has had the opportunity to mentor and guide Ella Shay (2022 leading scorer), who will take on the leadership of the team next year.

“Alexa has become a huge offensive threat (scoring 37 goals and adding 26 assists, the second-most in both categories for the 2022 season). She has grown in her role, improved her skills tremendously, and will leave a legacy of hard work, team-first attitude, and the willingness to prepare and regroup in a perfect balance. Alexa has definitely left our program in a better place because of her unrelenting dedication. 

“The trio of Clare, Annie, and Alexa has led our program to a 34-2 record in the league over the last four years. Their impact will be missed tremendously,” added Bergstrom Mark. 

photos top to bottom: Meyer, McLaughlin, Hanson, Shay

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