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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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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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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.

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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.

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 of Color Spotlight: Ben Thomas '14
Alumni of Color Spotlight: Ben Thomas '14

Benjamin “iamBNJMIIN” Thomas '14 is a Philadelphia-based music engineer and producer. His career began at Germantown Friends School, where he provided audio support for school events, plays, and assemblies. It was during this humble beginning that Ben found his love for audio. Since then, he has had the good fortune of working with some of the best artists in the world, on projects that are both personally fulfilling and well received.

After high school, Ben attended Temple University, majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and graduating in May 2018. Building on his GFS foundation, Ben continued his studio, After5 Studios, which was a way to provide high quality and low cost recording to the artists in the Germantown and Mount Airy community.

Two partnerships have proved instrumental in helping Ben take his career to the next level. In 2015, Ben met Philadelphia music ambassador Chill Moody. Chill and Ben developed a strong friendship and business relationship that has resulted in nicethingsMUSIC, a Philadelphia-based record label that helps local artists gain national distribution and exposure. And through Ben's work with RECPhilly, a Philadelphia-based music industry incubator, he was able to take his work in music from a passion and hobby to a full-time career. Through these partnerships, Ben has progressed as an engineer, exposing him to a diverse range of clients and allowing him to take full part in artists' musical development.

In 2016, Ben interned at Studio Breed, one of the top studios in Philadelphia. He rose quickly through the ranks, progressing from intern to the main staff engineer in only a few months, thanks to his calm demeanor and technical expertise.

In 2017, Ben served as the engineer for Jazmine Sullivan and Bryson Tiller’s song "Insecure" for the show of the same name. He also served as an engineer for Brian McKnight's album "Genesis." Ben’s work on both of these projects earned him one Soul Train Award nomination as well as two NAACP Image Award nominations. 

Currently, Ben is working as the main engineer for both RECPhilly and Studio Breed, while operating his own recording studio and mixing facility. Ben has also been increasing his role the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy, where he is a voting member and spent four years as the campus ambassador for Grammy U . 

Outside of music, Ben has edited podcasts for iHeart Radio’s "Art of the Hustle" as well as ADR and audio mixing work for the online TV series "Single and Anxious" on Amazon.

Some of Ben’s clients have included: Post Malone, Jazmine Sullivan, Bryson Tiller, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Dicky, Jorja Smith, Lil Yachty, Desiigner, Brian McKnight, Bilal, Chill Moody, Donn T, Shawn Smith, Armani White, Oshun, and Charlie Heat.