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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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A Community Loss

Dear Friends,

Today I write to share that the Germantown Friends School community is mourning the loss of David Jones, who was the stepfather of one of our students. Mr. Jones was fatally shot by a police officer as he was running away after being stopped on his bike. Our student participated in the Middle School moving up ceremony on June 7, and lost his stepfather in this sudden way the very next day.

As a school under the care of the Religious Society of Friends, we hold our student, his mother, his new baby sister, and the rest of Mr. Jones' family in the Light as they mourn. Caring for our student during this time is paramount, and our faculty, staff and parents have been working closely with him and his mother on a comprehensive support plan for the near- and longer-term.

We join the family in deep sadness and outrage at the grave, nationwide problem of gun violence, which is disproportionately affecting people of color. This problem, which has devastated so many, has now directly impacted our community, traumatizing a GFS family about whom we care deeply.

In Quaker practice, we cherish the individual Light in all people and are called by our Friends' testimonies of peace, equality, and community to respond to violence with concern and vigilance for all parties impacted by this tragedy.

Should you be interested in joining the support efforts, please reach out to Sean Hamer, director of our Middle School, or to the GFS Parents Association.

In peace,

Dana Weeks
Head of School

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