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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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Mike Greenfield '96 Talks Tech with Computer Science Capstone Class

Mike Greenfield ’96 recently joined the Computer Science Capstone class online to discuss his time at GFS and his career path. The students—a group of 10 seniors—are currently working on a sophisticated technology project of their choice, and part of the class consists of meeting with tech leaders, many of whom are GFS alums. One major goal of the class is to expose students to professionals in the industry, as many see themselves following a path into the high-tech world after school.

Mike has founded several start-ups, including Circle of Moms, Bonafide, and Change Research, which he grew from his growing concern about threats to our democracy, and after learning how expensive and slow polling practices had become. 

In the early 2000s, he worked for PayPal and was responsible for back-end fraud modeling. He then moved on to LinkedIn as the lead for the analytics team, where he worked to discover and organize useful data, and how to optimize LinkedIn's viral growth.

Mike earned a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science (now Data Science) from Stanford University, and was the captain of a new Club Squash team during his junior year, which was his introduction to the start-up world. Mike also played soccer and squash while at GFS, and after graduating from college, he founded, a website that offers a wide range of evaluative and predictive tools and analyses for sports fans. 

Mike credits GFS for shaping his career. “GFS helped me to have a problem-solving mentality,” he says. “In startups, that often matters more than the nitty gritty skills. When you build a company, something you need to do to raise money and build a team is to tell a story. I’ve always been pretty math-oriented, but GFS pushed me as a writer, and that has been valuable for me in my career in multiple ways." 

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