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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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Alumni Brothers Return to GFS to Support the Next Generation of Students
Alumni Brothers Return to GFS to Support the Next Generation of Students

"Going to GFS was the best decision we ever made. It prepared us for college and beyond, and now we want to offer the same experience to our students," said Jamil Pines '15.

After attending Elizabethtown College and playing on their Varsity Basketball team, twin brothers Jamil and Jalil Pines are excited to be back on campus, serving as assistant teachers and coaches. Jamil is an assistant in the 4th grade for Tim Jones' class, and Jalil supports all 6th grade teachers. 

While at GFS, both brothers played basketball and ran cross country, and emphasized their love of being together, "We bring out the best in each other, as people and athletes," said Jalil. 

Jamil cites his classes, teachers, teammates, opportunities, and the school's emphasis on diversity and unique approach to education through inquiry as reasons why his time at GFS was so memorable "GFS makes you think outside of the box. If you are wrong, you ask yourself why and you consider other perspectives. I think critically because of my time at GFS."

His mentors, though, were his most influential forces. The same goes for his brother.

"Coach Shawn Werdt was monumental in helping us both on the right path, and seeing that we have the potential to make an impact," said Jalil. 

Jamil and Jalil have great pride in being GFS alumni and keep in touch with many within the community. "The deep, lasting connections and network remains as a strong force that keeps us engaged," said Jalil. To build an even stronger network, particularly for students and alumni of color, Jamil and Jalil are volunteering with the school's Alumni of Color initiative. 

When asked about the future, Jalil explained, "Life isn't a straight line, but it always leads back to education. This is an important field and I am excited to be a part of it."

Both brothers are huge optimists or "glass half full type of people," said Jamil. "Through coaching, mentoring, and teaching, if I can change someone's life and contributed to making the world a better place, then I consider that successful."