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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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Tigers' Upper School Weekly Scoreboard, Week of Oct. 24-30

Highlights: Varsity Cross Country teams continued to impress at the PAISAA State Championship, with runners capturing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and impressive team performances. Varsity Boys Soccer fell in the Friends Schools League Championship. Varsity Tennis dropped in the FSL semis. Crew athletes shine at HOS Regatta. 

The Varsity and JV Boys and Girls Cross Country teams wrapped up a stellar season at the PAISAA State Championship last Saturday at Belmont Plateau, Philadelphia. Just as in 2021, the Varsity Boys team finished second overall and the Varsity Girls took third place overall. What's more, the squads placed first among all Friends Schools League teams. 

Top performers for the Tigers: 

Varsity Boys Division: Simon Donovan '23 finished second (16:14.50) in a field of 110 runners from 16 schools. PJ Kresloff '24  finished 6th (16:45.30). Mason Kresloff '25 finished 14th (17:36.60). Donovan and PJ Kresloff earned All-State First Team honors; Mason Kresloff earned All-State Second Team honors. 

Varsity Girls Division: Katya Henisz '22 finished third (19:54.60), a notable improvement over last year's 20th place finish. Henisz's finish, among 83 runners from 12 schools, earned her All-State First Team honors. Emma Nam '23 finished 13th (21:32.50), strong enough for All-State Second Team honors. 

JV Boys Division: Jasper Mosley '24 finished first among 94 runners from 7 schools. Mosely set the tempo for the team's 2nd place overall finish.

JV Girls Division: Leading the Tigers was Lily Jensen '24 who finished 10th (26:43.00). The squad finished 4th overall. Next up: Top Varsity runners will race at the Nike Cross Country Regional Meet on November 26, in Wappinger Falls, New York. Read the full article and link to the gallery. 

Climbing back from a 2021 season that kept the Tigers out of the Friends Schools League playoffs, the 2022 Varsity Boys Soccer squad performed all season long and earned a spot in the FSL Championship game on Saturday versus top-ranked Shipley. Despite a 0-1 loss, the team left it all on the field -- just as they've done all season. En route to the FSL Championship, the #4 Tigers upset #3 Westtown in penalty kicks after 100 minutes of play including two overtime periods. The Westtown win was the 6th consecutive for the Tigers, who finished #2 in the FSL with a 7-3 league record and 9-5-1 overall.

Next up: Game one of the PAISAA State tournament. The team will travel to Haverford School on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. start.

Varsity Tennis advanced to the FSL semifinal last week but lost 2-3 to the eventual Champions, Friends' Central School The journey to the semi was, in some eyes, unexpected as the Tigers suffered multiple mid-season losses and injuries, but persisted. They strung together a multi-game winning streak -- including a victory in the playoff play-in round -- to earn a playoff berth. Winning for the Tigers at the semifinal were: No. 1 singles Madalyn Shen '25 & No. 1 doubles Cece Idinopulos '23 and Riley Helfrich '23.

Crew athletes competed at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Sunday. Seventeen boats raced at the event, dubbed America's Favorite Regatta. Top performers for the Tigers included:

  • 5th place in the Men's HS Doubles Varsity: Aidan Cusack '23, Josh Cappiello '24
  • 10th place in the Men's HS Quad Varsity:  Anand Rajagopalan '25, Shachar Pinto '25, Luke Lendler '24, Jasper Furnas '25
  • 7th place in the Women's HS Quad Varsity: Cara Appleberry '23, Becca Rasmussen '24, Natalie Lau '24, Leah Cornejo '24 
  • 5th place in the Women's HS Doubles JV: Sarah Levy '23, Madeline Ohta '24
  • 4th place in the Women's HS Quad Frosh/Novice: Nola Schaenen '26, Addy Williams '26, Isabella Ammon '26, Sylvia Kim '26. 

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