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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.

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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A Bright Idea: GFS Campus Switches to LED Bulbs
A Bright Idea: GFS Campus Switches to LED Bulbs

Think about how many light bulbs you have in your home. Is it 30, or 40, or even 50? Consider this: Germantown Friends School has 7,400 bulbs (or lamps, in the parlance of electrical maintenance), and they all need replacing regularly. 

When the old lamps reached the end of their useful life, Nick Dobrowolski, our Director of Buildings and Grounds, decided to do things differently this time around: he switched the entire campus to LEDs. 

GFS will see benefits from this switch to LEDs not only in reducing our energy consumption, but in the labor it takes to replace all of the lamps on campus. Nick explained that with the fluorescent lamps, we'd get about 18,000 hours of use before they'd need replacing. The LED lamps promise 50,000 hours of light. Nick roughly estimates that GFS will get seven or eight years of use from the new LED lamps, whereas we got about three years of use from the fluorescents. "The big savings now is in the labor, plus there are savings all the time [once the lamps are installed]," Nick said. 

Even our specialty lamps, such as those in the Field House and our exterior lighting, got an LED upgrade. With all of the new lamps, the wattage is now much lower than before (which translates into an energy use and cost reduction), and Nick reports that the lighting quality is noticeably better, too. 

To help facilitate the LED switchover, Nick took advantage of PECO's Smart Ideas program, which provided incentives to help cover the cost. Thanks to the rebates, the cost of switching to the LEDs worked out to be about the same as a replacement with fluorescent lamps.

The maintenance team is nearly done with the LED switchover, so look out for our team replacing bulbs on campus—it might be the last time you'll see it happen for another eight years!