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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

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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Eighth Graders Investigate Immigration and Philadelphia History
Eighth Graders Investigate Immigration and Philadelphia History

In our History curriculum, our eighth graders regularly study immigration, and this year's unit has a twist: it focuses principally on local neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Students were each assigned particular neighborhoods and were tasked with researching how immigration has changed over time in sections of Philadelphia. To begin their investigations, they considered a huge range of questions to fuel their research. Some questions they investigated related to who were the first groups to settle in a neighborhood; the reasons the groups emigrated or migrated to the neighborhood; what tensions (cultural, ethnic, language, religious, etc.) existed among groups in the neighborhood; what percentage of current Philadelphians are members of their neighboorhood's groups; and what kinds of jobs are available in those neighborhoods.  

As part of the research project, teachers John King and John Anagbo organized a research trip to the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia. They, along with our head of the Friends Free Library, Kate Garrity, traveled to Center City to dive into serious research. Staff librarians were delighted to receive our GFS students, and introduced them to the relevant resources that were available in three main sections of the library—the Social Science and History Room, the Newspaper and Microfilm Center, and the Rare Books Department.

In the Social Science and History Room, students interacted with neighborhood clippings, the regular collection, maps, and books from remote storage.

In the Newspaper and Microfilm Center, students were able to gather evidence from neighborhood newspapers for various time periods. Students were also treated to a demonstration of online search parameters for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1860-2001, as well as 1981-present.

In the Rare Books Department, students visited a current exhibit called "Philadelphia: The Changing City," which was serendipitously appropriate for their needs! Maps on display also revealed interesting things about their neighborhoods of study. 

John Anagbo commented, "It is important for our children to learn the history and character of the neighborhoods in which they live, explore others that are unfamiliar, and reflect on how the history of the neighborhoods in Philadelphia fit into the overall American character."