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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Endless Opportunities at the US Club and Activities Fair
Endless Opportunities at the US Club and Activities Fair

It was a perfect autumn day on the Germantown Friends School Common as more than 400 Upper School students darted from table to table at the annual clubs and activities fair. With 60-plus offerings this year, divided into four categories (social identity, mission, interest, and publications), the students had dozens of options from which to choose—and myriad of sweets and other goodies to tempt them at each booth. This year, newcomers, including Awareness + Action Club (AAC), Providing for Pups, Ultimate Frisbee, and PA Science Olympiads, joined old favorites, such as Model UN, Environmental Action Club, Anno (yearbook), Education Justice, Mock Trial, Peer Tutoring, and the Black Student Union.

"We wanted to make it easy and accessible for students to embrace community and bring attention to the issues we think are important and relevant," says Caroline Burnham '20 of the impetus to launch AAC. Adds co-leader Megan Hua '20, "With all of these things going on, both locally and globally, we wanted to become more involved in causes that are meaningful to us, and learn how we can make an impact."

Burhnam and Hua weren't the only ones looking for a way to connect with their fellow classmates. Brainstorm, a neuroscience/psychology club led by Rachel Burnett '20 and Madeleine McGrath '20, is "based on personal interest and the sharing of knowledge and ideas." The group streams TED Talks and documentaries on specific topics they're interested in learning more about; discussing the Science of Laughter was a club highlight last year.

For Caroline Rickels '22, Claudia Rickels '22, and Allyson Katz '22, the idea for starting Providing for Pups, a fundraising club for dogs, stems back to a Middle School trip the three took to Ecuador together, where they noticed a lot of homeless dogs. Since it's hard to get clearance to volunteer at animal shelters when you're under 18, their mission is to raise money for local shelters and other dog-related expenses. "We hope to expand our work locally, but for now, fundraising is our best effort."

In the middle of the energy and semi-chaos of the fair stood a group of freshmen girls looking wide-eyed and a bit overwhelmed. When asked which activities they had signed up for, clubs like Knitting, Admissions Office Student Guides, Support for Positive Body Image, and Big Sibs topped the list. But the biggest draw for these students?

"The clubs giving out candy."