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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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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Musical Maya Keren '18 Racks Up National Honors
Musical Maya Keren '18 Racks Up National Honors

The musical talents of Maya Keren '18 gained national recognition this year. She's been selected as a Merit winner in the National YoungArts Foundation program in the area of Jazz piano, and earned Finalist recognition in Grammy Band

This National YoungArts Foundation program is recognizes emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 in the US. There are three tiers of winners: Finalist, Honorable Mention, and Merit. According to the Foundation, "The YoungArts Merit award level recognizes work that has been deemed as commendable by the panel, strong technically with a clear artistic point of view. Merit winners receive a medallion and are invited to participate in a regional program." 

Maya says, "I'll have the opportunity to participate in a week-long regional program in New York City in April where I get to attend masterclasses with wonderful musicians (last year, Barry Harris, a famous jazz pianist was at NYC) and network with other jazz musicians."

Grammy Band, another national competition, also honored Maya's work this year. Maya explains, "If you are chosen for the Grammy program, you get to perform at the Grammy Awards. I did not get chosen but I was still recognized as a Finalist. For Grammy, twenty kids get chosen for the big band and one hundred kids get recognized as Finalists."

Teacher and fellow jazz musician Jeff Torchon has been working with Maya since she was in sixth grade, and he's super proud of her accomplishments. "She is a phenomenal musician and person and has really become an emerging pro in the area of jazz piano. When professional musicians are asked about how she plays, they tell me that she is one of the pros and they would play gigs with her if given the opportunity."

Maya knows that music will always be a part of her life. She says, "I'm so grateful to have been recognized by these programs and excited to be part of a network of alumni for both of the foundations. I definitely am planning to continue playing music in college and for the rest of my life. I hope to either double major in music and engineering and eventually pursue a career that combines both music and science."

Congratulations, Maya!