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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Teamwork Made the Dream Work for Varsity Boys Soccer


Climbing back from the 2021 Varsity Boys Soccer season that kept the Tigers out of the Friends Schools League playoffs, the 2022 squad posted a winning record and rose to a #2 rank in the FSL. Their journey to the FSL Championship and the PAISAA State Tournament was anchored in skill, grit, and leadership from the senior class. But, according to the captains, it was teamwork, above all, that propelled the Tigers back into the mix of top teams in the league and area. 

"We have a tradition of excellence in our soccer program, winning the championship two out of the past four seasons and making it to the finals again this year. I appreciate that the squad knows we can compete with any program as long as the team sticks together; the senior leadership and stellar teamwork were paramount to continuing a strong tradition!" Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark said. 

“The team exceeded expectations this year. We were more technically sound and driven than most other teams expected, even our coach was surprised. However, the main key to our success was our teamwork which made us the best team defensively in the Friends League,” said Isaac Okewole ‘23, a team captain (pictured above). 

“I think our team was so successful because we care about each other. It makes it a lot easier to sprint back to defend when you’re defending for people who you like. It’s easier when you know any of your teammates would do exactly the same,” added fellow captain Jacob Burnett ‘23 (pictured below). 

At the end of the regular season, the Tigers were ranked #3 and in playoffs and went on to upset #2 Westtown in penalty kicks after 100 minutes of play including two overtime periods. The Westtown win was the sixth consecutive and bumped the team to #2 in the league. The Tigers finished with a league record of 7-3. 

“The Westtown semifinal was the best moment of the season for me,” Okewole added. “Fighting so hard in overtime and winning in penalties is never easy. Yet, when that happens it is the best feeling in the world.”

There's no doubt that despite falling short of the FSL and State crowns, the Tigers would attest that their teamwork which marked the 2022 season – and the success it fostered – is a reward that surpasses any title. 

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