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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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For Life: Alumni Making GFS Their Professional Home
For Life: Alumni Making GFS Their Professional Home

GFS has always been lucky to count in its faculty and staff a good number of alumni. Many of these alums stayed for decades to become the next generation of teachers at GFS, mentoring the next generation of alumni faculty and staff. 

Our talented alumni are passing on their wealth of talents to today's students, who will, we hope, become tomorrow's GFS teachers, continuing a wonderful, long and self-perpetuating cycle. 

Consider this one example of a continuum of GFS alums going on to teach other GFS alums: 

Irvin C. Poley '08 (English, 1913-58) taught David Mallery '41 (English, 1948-59), who taught Judith Chappell Mallery '52 (Music, 1967-2006), who taught Alex Levin '93 (English, 2015-present), who taught Olivia Browne '16 (Summer Camp, 2017-present).

We gathered alumni who now hold professional roles here at GFS. Here they are outside of the Sharpless Building, and also note the sizable list of all of those who now work at GFS but couldn't join in the photo. 


Left to Right:
Laura Sharpless Myran '78, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid
Kathy Nicholson Paulmier '79, Director of Community Involvement
Tobi Zemsky '86, Learning Support and MS Coordinator of Student Services
Jenny Stetzer-Goldberg '95, Fifth Grade Teacher
Dorothy Cary '75, MS Diversity Coordinator and History Teacher
Amanda Reath '89, Annual Fund Manager
Carla Childs '66, MS Project Time Teacher
Mike Boorse '89, Assistant to Director of Athletics
Brandon Jones '00, Director of Upper School Admissions & Diversity Recruitment
Alyssa Furukawa '08, Softball Coach
Meg Cohen Ragas '85, Director of Publications & Marketing Projects, Journalism Teacher
Courtney Wilson '12, Fifth Grade Assistant Teacher
Shawn Hennessy '98, Instrumental & Digital Music, Private Drum Lesson Teacher
Michael Loewy '70, Private Piano Lesson Teacher
Diane Mallery '80, Director of Alumni Relations
Peter Delaplane '87, Private Guitar Lesson Teacher
Hannah Caldwell Henderson '91, Director of Communications and Marketing
Susan Robinson '99, Science Teacher
Luisa Knowles '87, French Teacher, 10th Grade Advisor
Kate Hanssen '00, History Teacher

Missing from Photo:
Olivia Browne '16, Assistant Director, Summer Explorer Camp 
Christopher Coxe '70, JV Soccer and Varsity Baseball Coach
Dominique Davenport '10, Fifth Grade Assistant Teacher
Victoria Dicastro Horn '10, Varsity Track & Field Assistant Coach
Justin Gilmore '96, Varsity Tennis Head Coach
Jared Lazorko '16, Varsity Wrestling Assistant Coach
Andre Lee '89, Film Teacher
Alex Levin '93, English Teacher 
Giza Molenaar '18, Assistant Director Summer Coding And Robotics Camp 
Jack Pope '95, Help Desk Coordinator and Tech Support Staff
Nicholas Renner '06, Programming, Computer Science & Digital Media Teacher
Jeremy Ross '69, History Teacher
Jennifer Sharp '91, ECP Teacher
Liliane Sharpless '04, ECP and Kindergarten Art Teacher
Victoria Spaeth '04, Early Childhood Program Music Teacher
Abbey Tyson Stace '99, MS Lacrosse Coach
Karrell Wilson '16, Assistant Coach MS Boys Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball 
 

Several alumni reflected on how they came back to GFS, and what this community has meant to the trajectory of their lives. 

Michael Boorse '89
"My return to GFS was a surprise. I had applied for many jobs and GFS was one of them. I thought is was a novelty to apply to, and be interviewed by, my alma mater. But because I was actively and widely searching, I didn't become attached to any particular opportunity. So it came as an overwhelming surprise to be actually offered the position. 

It was only after realizing that I was coming back that I fully processed the meaning of being here as an adult and working to support the mission of the school.  In 21 years, three departments, and five offices, I have seen more sides to the school than my "lifer" student years provided.  The more I see, the more I have come to understand that it is an infinitely complex community that is ever-changing. I have learned never to assume that I know the complexity of someone else's role. Invariably, when I change roles, I discover myriad facets I never knew existed. In this way, working at GFS is a laboratory that mirrors the outside world. It teaches one that having respect for others and striving for excellence are companion traits. Mutual respect and a willingness to look inside oneself are what make the difference between a substantive, collaborative effort and a superficial one. Working at GFS is as much of a growing experience as studying here is."
 
Susan Kinney Robinson '99 
"Tom Myran recruited me back to GFS when the US biology job opened in 2004. We had always wanted to reunite and coach together (he was my Varsity Basketball Coach.) I can't believe how much of my life I have spent in one place but at the same time can't imagine a better place to spend so much of my life!"

Jenny Stetzer Goldberg '95
"After teaching in Connecticut for several years, I was fortunate to find a position at GFS when we returned to Philadelphia in 2005. Having the nursery here on campus was a huge draw, as it meant that my baby and I could start at GFS together. That baby is now in 7th grade, and his sister in 4th grade, and I have loved experiencing GFS through their eyes and sharing this community with them."
 

[In the photo at the top: the GFS faculty and staff alumni in 1948.]