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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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Poley Festival: Come for the Drama, Stay for the Awesomeness

This Saturday, May 13, kicks off the Poley Festival, a week-long annual celebration of drama. The work of this unique event is entirely student-led—students do all of the writing, directing, and acting, from serious scenes to comedic sketches.

Here's the schedule and participants of the Poley Festival, taking place on campus. The entire GFS community is invited to attend.

Germantown Friends School Playwrights & Improv Troupe
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Yarnall Auditorium

Written by Brenden Dahl
Directed by Sophie Borgenicht

Brenden Dahl
Julia Katowitz
Ava Lazin
Julia Saint-Amour
Sarah Miller
Javier Carmona
Caleb Friedman-Spring

Sofia' Newberg's Play
Written and performed by Sofia Newberg


Wiener Vs Brain

A comedy piece adapted by Sekou Hamer
Directed by Sekou Hamer

Naomi Laver
Graham Arms
Alex Duca
Aaron Loder
Marion Standefer

Under The Whale Clock
Written and directed by Moriya Dichter

Lexy Pickering
Evan McClelland
Sarah DeFrancisco

Blind Date
Written by Kathryn Bruttomesso-Clark

Emory MacLaughlin
(and another actor)

Directed Independent Study work focused on Comedy and Comic writing
The works listed below were directed by Matt Overholser and Simon Rabinowitz

Dinosaur Sketch
Written by Matt Overholser and Simon Rabinowitz
Directed by Simon Rabinowiz

Jake Schwartz
Lexy Pickering
Alex Duca
Aaron Loder
Moriya Dichter
Jackson Craig
Graham Arms
David Harvey
Marion Standefer

Written and directed by Matt Overholser

Graham Arms
Matthew Overholser
Jackson Craig
Lila Kushner
Alex Duca

Seniors Moriya Dichter, Jake Schwartz, and Marion Standefer will complete the evening with audience participation in Improv Challenges.

Followed by a reception.

Back To The Future
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Yarnall Auditorium

Drama 1s & 2s:

Excerpts from Guyer's The American Century

Sekou Hamer
Michael Harrity
Claire Weiss

Laughter on the 23rd Floor – 1st act edited

Ayla Malefakis
Claire Partridge
Anabel Silver
Andrea Regli
Tas Vandenberg
Julia Tanier
Viance Lockart-Baker
Naomi Laver

Costumes and Lights: Cushula Standefer

Fight or Flight
Written and directed by Sammi Deutsch

Javier Carmona
Rachel Burnett
Sarah Miller

A Study In Comedy and Comic Performance Art
Friday and Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Yarnall Auditorium

Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors
An adaptation of Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters


Stanley Stubbers: Matt Overholser
Rachel: Anna Collins
Alfie: Graham Arms
Dolly: Moriya Dichter
Francis Henshall: Simon Rabinowitz
Charlie Clench: Eli Eisentstein
Pauline Clench: Naomi Laver
Alan Dangle: Aden Halpern
Harry Dangle: Evan McClelland
Lloyd Boateng: Sekou Hammer
Gareth: Jackson Craig
Driver: Jackson Craig
Policeman: Jackson Craig and Henry McDevitt
Barman: Jackson Craig
Christine, audience plant: Lilly Dupuis

Skffle Band leader: Jackson Craig
Jackson Craig on guitar
Matt Overholser on drums
Maya Keren on piano
Henry McDevitt on guitar
Graham Arms on bass guitar
Kate Kearns on vocals

Stage Manager: Anya Minasyan
Asst. Stage Manager: Evelyn Mandel
Production assistant: Claire Weiss

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