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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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Highlights from Fun Day + Lantern Festival (Video!)
Highlights from Fun Day + Lantern Festival (Video!)

At Fun Day + Lantern Festival last Saturday, our families, faculty, and staff turned out in the hundreds to run in the Fun Run, cheer on our teams, support our student clubs—and be together in fellowship and community. It was wonderful to see everyone there!

We especially welcomed to our friends from the John B. Kelly School, and friends and neighbors, who joined us for this event. 

Through the Lantern Festival—this new addition to the time-honored tradition of Fun Day—we celebrated a Quaker experience and belief that is fundamental to how we at GFS live and learn. This belief is that each person—regardless of how big or how small, how old or how young, how kind-hearted or matter what they have or don’t have, where they live or go to school, where they worship (or don’t)—all of us have a Light Within that serves to guide us and brings us together in community.

The lanterns were not only beautiful in their own right, but they told a story of community and creativity. Since August, Gowri Savoor, our artist in residence, offered dozens of workshops to our faculty, students, neighbors, and friends.  

Our art and woodshop teachers were trained in making lanterns and supported this effort with our students. Parents were incredible stewards of this effort, assembling poles and lights for the past couple of weeks and volunteering at the event.

Here's a video that captures the exuberance and joy of Fun Day + Lantern Festival. 

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