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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.

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

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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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Christopher Witt '92 on Campus to Speak About Life, Elevated: What Happens to Living Things at High Altitudes
Christopher Witt '92 on Campus to Speak About Life, Elevated: What Happens to Living Things at High Altitudes

When: Monday, February 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Yarnall Auditorium

Christopher Witt '92, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, returns to campus to speak on the topic of "Life, Elevated: What Happens to Living Things at High Altitudes." 

Christopher is Director and Curator of Birds at the Museum of Southwestern Biology and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology of the University of New Mexico. After graduating from GFS, he received his B.A. from College of the Atlantic in 1997, and his Ph.D. from LSU in 2004, after which he completed a postdoc at UC-Berkeley. 

Christopher's research addresses how genes influence where species live, how they compete with other species, and how they will be affected by climate warming. In 2016, his research on high-altitude hummingbirds was featured in a PBS Nature documentary, Super Hummingbirds.

Christopher's favorite research subjects are hummingbirds and other birds of the high Andes and the southwestern USA. He advocates support for natural history collections as essential tools to understand biodiversity. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including several in journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

When you arrive on campus:

If you are coming by car, look for Event Parking signs.  There are 3 options for parking:

  • the lot that is on the southeast corner of Germantown and Coulter Streets (across Germantown Avenue from the school)
  • the lot that is accessed from Coulter Street that is BEHIND the Admissions building (across the street from the Meeting House)
  • on street parking.  If the lots are full, parking on the street is easy, and the GFS security crew is out and about in the evenings.  

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by email or phone (215-248-6522).