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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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Lia Weil '18 Recognized for Gender Studies Project in GOA Catalyst Conference
Lia Weil '18 Recognized for Gender Studies Project in GOA Catalyst Conference

Through participation in Global Online Academy (GOA), several Upper School students are taking advantage of the chance to enroll in classes that complement the GFS curriculum by way of virtual classrooms. (More than a just a participating school, GFS is actually a founding member in this international independent school learning endeavor.)

Of the six GFS students participating in GOA, three took part in the Catalyst Conference (April 27-30), and one—Lia Weil '18—was awarded a Catalyst Conference Citation.

The Catalyst Conference describes itself as "a global, online event for students in the GOA consortium to share projects designed to spark change in their communities. Each presentation is the culmination of a capstone project that asked students to transform learning from their courses into research-based solutions for real-world issues."

GOA Citations are awarded to exemplary presentations who the Global Online Academy and participating member school faculty determine best represent the goals of the conference: 1) Raising awareness, 2) Promoting grassroots action, 3) Promoting institutional change.

Lia Weil '18 won a Citation for her work in gender studies, investigating gender-neutral clothing. See Lia's Catalyst Confernece entry, "Fashion Choices: Challenging the Gender Binary."

Ellis Maddox '17, also focusing on gender studies, presented "The Understanding of Gender Expression at Germantown Friends School."

Daniel Cho '19 studies Organic Chemistry through GOA, and he presented on applications of organic chemistry in modern life, with "Let's Make More Cornfields-But Not for Food?"

Current GOA students at GFS:

Lia Weil '18 - Gender Studies

Ellis Maddox '17 - Gender Studies

Daniel Cho '19 - Organic Chemistry

Piyush Pillarisetti '17 - Medical Problem Solving

Christine Xu '17 - Macroeconomics

Hyunju Kim '18 - Linear Algebra

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