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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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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.

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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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GFS Mock Trial Team Places Second in State Championship
GFS Mock Trial Team Places Second in State Championship

On Saturday, March 20, 2019, the GFS Mock Trial Varsity team placed second out of 300 teams in the annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.

The state finals were held in the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, PA, where the GFS team enjoyed three successful rounds during the finals, followed by a very close and spectacular fourth round against Holy Cross High School in Scranton, PA.

GFS advanced from the city competition at Temple Law School to the state championship, consisting of the 14 best of 300 teams from across Pennsylvania, including Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. In three of the last four years, our students have made it to the City Championship at Temple Law; Montgomery News covered the city competition in a recent article. This year was the first time the GFS varsity team advanced from the city competition to the state championship since its inception in 2012.

Congratulations to Chloe Smith Frank '19, Kim Hua '19, Javier Carmona '20, Brenden Dahl '20, Sarah Miller '20, Erin Schott '20, Ava Sinai '20, and Julian Spiro '20.

"Mock Trial has helped me become a better thinker, both when it comes to the law and to anything academic," says Erin Schott. "Through the Mock Trial program, I have learned how to construct an effective argument. I use skills I have acquired from Mock Trial when crafting essays, debating in class, and public speaking."

Ava Sinai notes, "Mock trial taught me to control my nerves and be a more confident public speaker. It is also really amazing to have a team where everyone trusts and supports each other."

The PBA/YLD (Pennsylvania Bar Association/Young Lawyer's Division) Mock Trial Competition, one of the largest in the nation, gives more than 300 high-school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries.