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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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An Open Door: Building Alumni of Color Community Connections
An Open Door: Building Alumni of Color Community Connections

On the evening of Friday, December 15, an intrepid group of GFS alumni traversed snow and ice to come together in the warmth of Hargroves for the kick-off of the Alumni of Color Initiative. They were joined by faculty, staff and US student leaders of the student groups Sistahs (an affinity group for female students of color), Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment (BASE), and the Asian Students Alliance.

This Alumni of Color gathering, the first public event of GFS's new Alumni of Color Initiative, invited attendees to reconnect, hear about the latest GFS happenings, tell their stories, and engage more deeply with the school. 

In a moment of sharing, everyone expressed their reasons for coming to this event. Some echoed similar thoughts (about fitting in, feeling "outside"), and some were uniquely personal. 

Andre Robert Lee '89 presented a video of current students and alumni of color that spoke to the need for a supportive community. Their message was simple and compelling; they said, in essence, "We need you now, just like you needed someone then." 

Sandra Jewett '74 spoke beautifully about changes she's witnessed at GFS. She's felt a renewed sense of community and reaching out on the part of the school. She's been involved in meetings and decision making, and is feeling heard. She exhorted the gathered alumni that the time is now to re-engage with GFS. This is a time of listening and acting, in order to make a strong and truly supportive Alumni of Color community. 

Thank you to the Alumni of Color Steering Committee, and especially Michelle Palmer and Diane Mallery, for creating what will be the first of many engaging Alumni of Color events!

Are you interested in being a part of this initiative to grow our Alumni of Color network? Contact Michelle Palmer.