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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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Retirement Tribute: Diane Marinoff

Diane Marinoff has been a fixture in the Lower School since 1982. Her background in Montessori education informed her intentional approach to supporting children within a developmentally appropriate framework. Diane’s steadfast commitment to helping children grow and learn was evident throughout her 40 years at GFS and she will be truly missed.

While Diane was most often found in classrooms, working with children and teachers, she was also present at every Kindergarten admissions playday. This is just another way that Diane demonstrated her commitment to GFS and the admissions process. She could be seen guiding children into the classrooms on these days, as well as calming nervous parents as they stood at the door. She is a keen observer and always had important comments to share as a member of the Kindergarten admissions committee. Diane also served on the full Lower School admissions committee as well.

Diane was a leader when it came to tackling issues within the division. When she recognized the need for materials to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population, she applied for several grants from ARCO to purchase multicultural classroom materials for the Lower School. Similarly, when she identified the necessity for additional phonics instruction in the Lower School classrooms, she championed and introduced the Fundations program.

Diane has served on the Student Services Team, the Agenda Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and many other committees throughout the school. When a colleague had to take a leave of absence due to illness, she filled in as a first-grade teacher for a year. We are thankful to Diane for her straightforward approach to every situation and her ability to put children first.

We will miss her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors, and we hope that she will come back and visit often!

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