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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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Early Childhood Program Extends to Center City
Early Childhood Program Extends to Center City

We are delighted to announce a new offering for the 2017-18 school year. The Germantown Friends School Early Childhood Program is opening a Center City location!

The Early Childhood Program, founded in 1982, has become a strong and well differentiated program in the Philadelphia area–both in its curricular offerings and Quaker underpinnings. It has proven to be a wonderful extension of the GFS mission and a treasured opportunity to engage the hearts and minds of our youngest friends.

For a number of years, we have examined ways to build upon the strength of our existing Early Childhood Program and address a need identified in Center City, where a significant number of parents have chosen to enroll in the programs that are closest to home. Many Center City parents are facing waitlists at the schools of their choice. The time is right to extend our Early Childhood Program to Center City.

We have leased a space in the Atrium Curtis Building at the corner of 6th and Walnut Streets on Washington Square, and renovations are under way. We aim to welcome the first class of young people to this location in the fall of 2017.

In addition to Early Childhood Programs, we are also planning to provide after-school programming that can serve not only the Early Childhood students enrolled at this new location but also Lower School families who would prefer to collect their children in Center City at the end of the workday. We are excited to be able to offer this option to better meet the needs of our growing Center City population and thrilled to be expanding the GFS community.

For inquiries about Fall 2017, please contact the Early Childhood Program.

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