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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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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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Community Writers Series: Erica Armstrong Dunbar '90
Community Writers Series: Erica Armstrong Dunbar '90

When: Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Friends Free Library at Germantown Friends School, 5418 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

The Friends Free Library Community Writers Series invites you to a special evening featuring Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the University of Delaware's Professor of Black American Studies and History, a member of the GFS Class of 1990, and a current GFS parent.

Erica is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom (2008), chronicled the lives of African American women in the urban north during the early years of the Republic. She has been named a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians, and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation and Social Science Research Council. She appeared in the documentaries Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and The Abolitionists, a PBS American Experience production.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

Historic Germantown is offering two tours of the Deshler-Morris House (5442 Germantown Avenue), where Ona Judge was enslaved in the Washington household in the early 1790s, prior to the author event, at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Capacity is limited; pre-registration is required.

The Friends Free Library Community Writers Series celebrates reading and writing and features nationally known authors with local ties to Germantown. Established in 2013, it is held at the Friends Free Library, which has served the community and Germantown Friends School since its founding in 1845. The FFL is one of the first free libraries in the United States.

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