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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.

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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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Community and Stewardship in Action: Senior Community Day

Our student and faculty commitment to the community was brought to life even during the last few days of school! The week before graduation, the Class of 2019 spent a day helping others. Along with dedicated faculty, students worked on 10 projects that supported the community in different ways. 

Community Day projects included:

  • Holsey Temple CME Church Dining Room and Kitchen 
    Students were asked to serve plates on the hot lunch line, serving soup, toasting bagels, distributing coffee and tea, washing and drying trays in the kitchen, and providing general hospitality for about 100 guests.
     
  • Sandwich-making for Holsey Temple
    Holsey Temple serves a free hot lunch on Tuesdays, too. Students made sandwiches to give out for guests to take home after they received their hot meal. 
     
  • Litter Patrol
    Keith Schenck, leader of Friends of Germantown Northwest and former GFS parent, led a group of students in cleaning the commercial corridor along Germantown Avenue.
     
  • End-of-year Theater Department Support
    Students assisted Ada, April, and Lisa in dismantling and re-organizing props, equipment, and costumes.
     
  • Wissahickon Ravine Clean-up
    Tom Myran led students in a hike into the Wissahickon ravine to clean-up "hot spots" of litter and fallen branches.
     
  • Wooden Bowls for NPIN
    Students worked with GFS woodshop teacher Eli Scearce to turn wooden bowls, which will be donated to the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network's Empty Bowl Dinner. NPIHN is a "traveling homeless shelter" in the northwest section of Philadelphia.
     
  • Cook for Face to Face Dining Room
    Students made loaves of meatloaf to support Face to Face, the largest and most active feeding ministry in Germantown.
     
  • Serve Lunch at Face to Face
    Chef Altenor at Face to Face was in need of helping hands in final meal prep and serving in the dining room. Students worked in the kitchen and helped serve guests.
     
  • Juneteenth Celebration support at the Johnson House
    Cornelia Swinson, Director of the Johnson House, a documented Underground Railroad stop, invited GFS students to support preparations for the Juneteenth celebrations in Philadelphia. Students distributed event flyers, helped with clean up in the garden; and assigned vendor slots for the event.
     
  • Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Early Childhood Center
    Students helped beautify the campus with gardening, weeding, and painting. 

Thank you to Kathy Paulmier, director of community involvement, for leading this important tradition.