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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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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.

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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.

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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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Student-led Investment Team Competed In Global Finals
Student-led Investment Team Competed In Global Finals

A team of six Upper School students competed in the finals of the Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Investment Competition this past weekend, a global investment simulation for high schoolers. The student-led GFS team, called Dollar Tiger$, was the only finalist from Pennsylvania and one of just six from the United States, out of over 300 entries.

Sophomore Vanessa Huang is the founder of this 50 percent female team, which is a stand-out ratio for finance, a field in which more than 90 percent of senior roles are held by men. While the team didn’t win the competition, they were commended for both their investment strategy and their team dynamics.

The KWHS Investment Competition was created to provide a unique and interactive learning experience for students and introduce them to possible college and career interests. Students learned about teamwork, communication, risk, diversification, company analysis, industry analysis and investing, and practice strategic thinking, analysis, and collaboration. Each team manages a portfolio of $100,000 in virtual cash for a “client” over the course of 10 weeks using Wharton’s online trading and investment simulator (OTIS). The finale included a comprehensive final investment policy and presentation to a panel of investment experts and included teams from the US, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. 

GFS students included sophomore founder Vanessa Huang; and juniors Aidan Curry, Malana Li, Ethan Rupp, Leo Wang, and Kelly Zhang. All members of the team are part of the school’s Investment Club, which Vanessa co-launched with teammate Leo Wang less than two years ago for students interested in investment and the economy, and curious about how the stock market works. She sent an email to her classmates to gauge interest and was pleased at the response; a room full of people signed up for the first meeting.

"The KWHS Investment Competition has been an exciting experience for me and offered a hands-on way of learning about finance. Last year’s competition was actually the inspiration for launching the school’s Investment Club and made me realize that so many students at GFS are interested in how the stock market works,” said Vanessa. “The Investment Club is now a weekly platform for students to learn more about world economy, finance, and investment, and share what we've learned about business from our own discovery. I’m proud of both our team’s accomplishment as a KWHS finalist and proud of our entire club for advancing our knowledge of finance.”