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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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Murals Bloom in the Basement of the Main Building
Murals Bloom in the Basement of the Main Building

Since September, the ASPire kids have been hard at work on a transformative project. If you visit the ground floor of the Main Building, just down the hall opposite the cafeteria stairs, you'll see walls in the process of becoming an Amazon rainforest at night, a field of growing wildflowers, a library nook, and a beehive filled with honey.

This is no ordinary mural project. Joli Harnish led the team of five-to-ten-year-olds through a design thinking process, where the team performed research in the Friends Free Library and generated and refined their ideas through evolving sticky note brainstorms. They considered a lot of questions to guide their plans: Why is a wall with art on it better than a blank wall? Who will see the mural? How can the art represent the ASPire program? They gave thought to the visitor experience, and measured the hallway's 17 walls, which they translated into a cardboard scale model.

"Since January, when we began putting the paint on the wall, it's really become a different kind of sensory experience for the kids. They've felt the space transform and have developed a shared sense of ownership. The designs continue to evolve as they collaborate and have new breakthroughs each day," Joli says.

As they paint, Joli helps the young mural artists understand how to create a sense of depth, scale, and perspective through layers of carefully chosen color and a signature patterning style invented by the group. The kids have learned about the different atmospheric effects they can create through warm and cool and light and dark colors.

When you visit the mural area, notice that at least one wall is still completely blank. This untouched wall is being saved for the Mural Arts mini-course being offered in the sixth week of Explorer Camp, directed by Harnish this year at Summertime at GFS. So, if you have a budding muralist, be sure to check it out!

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