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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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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.

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"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.

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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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Coaches’ Corner: Students Gravitate to Weight Training & Conditioning with Matt Sheehan at the Helm

Matt Sheehan, PE Teacher and Head Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, directs the Strength & Conditioning program for the entire GFS community in the school’s state-of-the-art R. Chase McDaniel III '50 Weight Room, installed in 2019. Sheehan has been at the helm of the program since 2017 and ensures that all students are given the same opportunity, attention, and focus.

“You want every student to understand and embrace strength training. I believe it's a fundamental skill that every student should have for their lifelong journey which is their health and wellness,” Sheehan noted. 

With new science, understanding, and techniques in the field often emerging, Sheehan is dedicated to staying in front of the latest research and best practices. He recently secured certification as a Certified Functional Strength Coach at a program in Reading, Pa. Different from his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification, the training gave Sheehan more hands-on practice teaching plyometrics, slams, and group training, which he immediately implemented in the training room.  

This time of year, about ninety students train in the Weight Room, which is open from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals and teams come into the welcoming environment and work to improve their fitness and strength with the goal of gaining an edge on their competition, being the best they can be, and – in part – to enjoy the camaraderie found there. Sheehan is quick to assist students, answer questions, and help devise regimens that will optimize their goals. 

“For athletes, they may already have that base but being able to give them the guidance to make their college hopes a reality is fulfilling. For students who don’t identify as athletes, it’s  pretty awesome to introduce the benefits of exercise – giving them a base that they can build off of when they leave GFS can make a big impact on their lives,” Sheehan said. 

Sheehan makes it a priority to communicate closely with the the coaching staff and athletic trainers, especially now with the influx of participants. When he took the reins of the Strength & Conditioning program, there were 15-20 students at a time that would be in the "fitness club", as he refers to it. “Today, we have to cap the club at 90 each season. I never thought we would get to this point so quickly.” 

“I appreciate the guidance that Coach Sheehan gives our student-athletes. Not only is he helping them get stronger and more confident in what their bodies can accomplish, but he also is helping build a strong mindset. Matt urges students to listen to their bodies – to focus on rest, recovery, stretching, sleep training, and all attributes that are going to help them have a positive outlook on life, plus gain success in the classroom and in competition.  He is an expert  coach that has had an impact on so many on our campus!” Bergstrom Mark added. 

Learn more about the GFS Sports Performance program, including Strength & Conditioning.

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