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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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Announcing Two New Directors

We are delighted to announce that two important searches have come to exciting conclusions. In the coming weeks, we will welcome Tchet Dorman, our new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and James Hightower, who will serve as our new Director of College Counseling.

Tchet Dorman has dedicated his career to working with students and professionals on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has demonstrated a deep and sustained commitment to developing the awareness, knowledge, and skills that make communities welcoming to people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, gender expressions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic experiences, and religions.

Dorman comes to us from Millersville University, where he served as Director of Diversity and Social Justice, providing strategic support to the Office of the President and managing commissions on the status of women, cultural diversity and inclusion, and gender and sexual diversity.

Prior to Millersville, he was the director of Temple University's Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education, where he planned and implemented a variety of programs to support administration, faculty, and students on matters of diversity.

While at Temple, he also became a master facilitator of Intergroup Dialogue, offering hundreds of trainings and workshops for professionals, including Germantown Friends School faculty. Dorman was recognized for his work with the Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME).

Dorman holds a master's degree in African American Studies from Temple University, and is well on his way to completing his PhD in that same program. He is thrilled to be returning to Germantown, where he spent his early years as a student at the John B. Kelly Elementary School. He looks forward to working with students, drawing on his extensive teaching experience at area universities, including Philadelphia University and Temple University, where he has taught a wide range of courses on history, literature and the social aspects of race, gender, social conflict, identity and multiculturalism. He will assume his new role next week.

James Hightower III comes to us from Greensboro Day School (a PreK-12 school located in North Carolina), where he was Dean of Student Life and College Counseling.

Prior to Greensboro Day, Hightower served as Associate Director of College Counseling at the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, and at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, MA. He also brings strong relationships and a deep understanding of the college admissions process from his experience in undergraduate admissions, having served as Assistant Director of College Admissions at Johns Hopkins University, and in the Admissions offices of Albright College and Berea College.

Hightower impressed us with his comprehensive knowledge of the college admissions process. He has developed a deep understanding of the way the process has evolved in recent years, and employs this knowledge to help both students and families successfully navigate the ever-changing landscape of college admissions.

He is thrilled to be moving to Philadelphia and looks forward to getting to know our community. He aims to be settled in mid-August, and will prioritize building relationships with families of juniors and seniors.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to these two accomplished and thoughtful new members of our community.

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