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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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Students Learn About Immigrant Health Barriers in America
Students Learn About Immigrant Health Barriers in America

Last week, students in grades 9-12 had the unique opportunity to hear from Dr. Steven Larson, co-founder of the social service agency Puentes de Salud (Bridges to Health), on the impact of current policy on the health and wellness of Latino immigrants. Dr. Larson and Puentes de Salud are featured in the HBO documentary Clínica de Migrantes, which shows the faces of real people in the middle of the immigration debate.

Our Upper Schoolers learned about the barriers immigrants face to healthcare, including fear, cost and access, mistreatment, language, and confusion surrounding the US healthcare system. They also learned about actions they can take – large and small – that can provide comfort and support to immigrant youth in struggling families, including reading a book to a child in order to open their eyes to a brighter world.

Reflecting on the value of Dr. Larson’s visit, Lex Meisel '20 said, “It’s our city, and immigrant health and prosperity is an issue that everyone should be educated on, not just medical professionals. Everyone, even students, can do something about it.”

Dr. Larson prioritizes speaking to students because of a life-changing experience as a child watching a documentary in school in the 1960s on migrant workers, which led him to work in the field as an adult. This experience formed the foundation for how he connects to the world. “In the United States, many of us are afforded certain privileges, some more than others, and it’s important to always be reminded of the realities of the world we’re living in."