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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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GFS Musicians Selected to Sing with National Honors Choir
GFS Musicians Selected to Sing with National Honors Choir

Germantown Friends School singers Jackson Craig '19, James Nalle '19, and Cella Reser '21 have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Honor Choir. Singers in the ACDA HS/Collegiate Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Base ensembles are comprised of the finest high school and undergraduate singers from around the country, and are selected by multiple audition recordings, including an excerpt performed with an accompanist and a vocal solo.
Singers will meet in Kansas City, MO, for the 2019 ACDA National Conference to rehearse with a master conductor and perform choral music at the Kauffman Center.
"This is a momentous accomplishment for our students and I am incredibly proud of the efforts of all of those who auditioned,” said Frank Van Atta, GFS Upper School Choral Director. “Acceptance to the ACDA National Honor Choir is exceptionally selective, and I know that Cella, Jackson, and James will represent Choir, Chorus, and the GFS community well when they join together with the best high school and collegiate singers from around the country in March.”
Founded in 1959, ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
"ACDA National Honor Choirs are composed of elite singers from across the United States, and their achievement is a testament to both their hard work and the investment that their choral teachers make in them,” said ACDA Executive Director Tim Sharp. “We bring in top-level conductors to work with honor choir students, and work very hard to make the experience both educational and inspirational."