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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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Will You Host an International Student?
Will You Host an International Student?

The International Student Program is still in need of a few more host families for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Hosting an international student is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly immerse your family in an authentic global experience while providing a home for a brave young soul. Every homestay family receives a monthly stipend for room and board. 

Penka Slavova, Coordinator of International Student Life, will be offering two informational sessions so that families can learn about the specifics of what hosting entails: Tuesday, April 16, from 8:15-9 a.m., and Wednesday, April 17, from 2:30-3 p.m., in the Wade Science Center, room 110. Please RSVP

Check us out in the latest issue of the GFS Bulletin on page 5!  

In the 2019-20 school year, we will be welcoming four new international students into our 9th grade:

Amalia Matetic is from Santiago, Chile.  

Amalia is passionate about singing and theatre. She plans to join the Pennsylvania Girl Choir upon arrival in Philadelphia, as well as participate in as many theatre productions at GFS as possible.


Tong (Taddy) Wang is from Beijing, China. 

Taddy loves biology, writing, and music. She is particularly passionate about drumming and the xylophone, and plans on joining the orchestra at GFS.


FengYu (John) Yang is from Tiajin, China, where he has attended an American International School since Pre-K. 

FengYu has an older brother at Lehigh University. He is an avid reader and has been named a "peace ambassador" at his Middle School for his great ability to help his peers problem-solve personal conflicts.


Hengzhi (Bill) Yang is from Beijing, China.

Hengzhi loves robotics, coding, and music production. Bill started a band of his own in Middle School with a group of friends and would love to do the same at GFS.

Three of these new students still need a homestay as do two of our returning students. Please consider becoming a host for the 2019-20 academic school year. It's a fabulous opportunity!