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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.

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.

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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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Crew Shines at Stotesbury Regatta; Aidan Cusack ’23 and Otis Harrison ’22 Capture Gold

The Crew team had an outstanding weekend! Beginning with the Stotesbury Regatta, Aidan Cusack ’23 and Otis Harrison ’22, in the Ltwt 2x event, became the first athletes in GFS Athletics program history to capture Gold at the event, the world's largest high-school regatta. The two-day regatta was held on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21.

Shining in the Girls division in the Ltwt Double were Norah Lee ’22 and Cara Appleberry ’24, who garnered Silver medals. 

Also qualifying for the Stotesbury Finals on Saturday, having qualified through trials or semifinals, were: Boys Senior Double of Turner Burns ’22 and Aden Solomon ’22 (6th); Girls Freshman Quad of Lila Donovan, Emilia Cropf, Julia Jallo, and Rowan Kress  (5th); and Boys Junior Quad of Joshua Cappiello ’24, Luke Lendler ’24, Khalil Dancy ’24, and Julian Cheung ’24 (5th). 

“It is the greatest feeling as a coach to see your athletes leave it all out there on the water. Otis and Aidan pushed themselves beyond their limits and what they thought was possible to hang on to win Gold.

“Coming off of an impressive race at the Mid-Atlantic Championships last weekend were Norah and Cara, who solidified themselves as a top crew. I am so proud of the pure determination both showed,” said Head Coach Brian Severi, who has coached Otis and Norah all four years of their varsity careers. 

The following day, on Sunday, May 22, six Tiger boats medaled at the PSRA Philadelphia City Championships, also held on the Schuylkill River: 

Varsity Events:

  • 2nd: C.Appleberry, N.Lee (Girls Ltwt 2x Final)
  • 3rd: A.Cusack, O.Harrison (Boys Ltwt 2x Final) 

JV Events: 

  • 2nd: Ana Vucetic ’23 (Girls JV 1X Final) 
  • 3rd: R.Rasmussen, N.Lau, L.Yannella, L.Cornejo (Girls JV 4x Final)
  • 3rd: J.Cappiello, L.Lendler, K.Dancy, J.Cheung (Boys JV 4x Final)
  • 3rd: Charlotte Berman ’25 (Girls Gig/Novice 1X Final) 

Moving forward, six crews will represent GFS at SRAA (Scholastic Rowing Association of America) Nationals this weekend on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ. 

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