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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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Cross County's Katya Henisz '23 and Simon Donovan '23 Run Away with More Accolades

Despite the winter teams being in full swing, the fall Cross Country Boys and Girls teams suited up for their final race of the season last weekend at the Nike Cross Country Regionals Northeast Meet, held in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Katya Henisz '23 finished third in the Girls Open race (5,000 meters) with a time of 19:59.9. The bronze medal finish capped Henisz' stellar GFS Cross Country career including capturing 2nd place at the 2022 Friends Schools League Championship and third at the 2022 PAISAA State Meet, where she also garnered PAISAA First Team All-State honors. 

Also last week, Simon Donovan '23 was named to the The Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) All-State Second Team, an honor bestowed to the elite runners throughout the state from all public and independent schools. The honor was the icing on a spectacular GFS Cross Country career including winning the 2022 and 2021 FSL Championship and finishing second at the 2021 and 2022 PAISAA State Meets, which also earned Donovan PAISAA First Team All-State honors. 

"Katya and Simon have been instrumental in helping to guide the program this fall and have been working incredibly hard since the start of the summer to prepare themselves for the rigors of racing in November," said Head Coach Conrad Haber. "Katya executed a masterful race plan at NXR on what is an extremely challenging course.  She got out strong, was patient climbing the mile-long hill, and put in an aggressive surge halfway through the race to gap the field and ensure a 3rd place finish. It was fantastic to see that Simon's hard work was visible to the other members of the PTFCA from around the state, a testament to what he was able to accomplish this fall."

Congratulations to all of the Tiger runners who competed at the Nike Cross Country Regional Northeast Meet:

  • Girls Open Division: Katya Henisz '23, Emma Nam '23, Cora Rosin '23, Audrey Ling '24, Zoe Lallis '26, Naomi Shaffer '26, Jane Kennan '25, and Mackenzie Baisch '24
  • Boys Championship Division: Simon Donovan '23, Shuford Kirk '23, PJ Kresloff '24, Jiasheng Shi '23, and Mason Kresloff '25
  • Boys Open Division: Finn Busser '26, Liam Riley '26, and Milo Scanlon '25

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