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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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Teach-In: "Gender and Power in the 21st Century"
Teach-In: "Gender and Power in the 21st Century"

January Term closed today with an all Upper School teach-in on "Gender and Power in the 21st Century."

Students and adults engaged in a full day of learning and dialogue around issues of gender equity in our society and world.

Keynote speaker, Luis Ramirez, works at the Attic Youth Center (Philadelphia's only independent LGBTQ youth center) and is a therapist and presenter who uses a relational, intersectional, and social justice approach in his work.

Luis spoke about systems of oppression (such as gender bianarism, and gender essentialism: the assumed ways boys and girls are "supposed to act") and the many factors that inform identity.

Oppression can be persistent and pervasive. Luis says, "I still experience oppression as queer person of color, even after getting a degree from Ivy League school."

Luis introduced the concept of intersectionality, a concept coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989. Coming from feminist and critical race theory, intersectionality looks at how people's multidimensional identities—incorporating race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation—affect the experience of oppression.

Luis interspersed his talk with videos that challenged the way we think about transgender identities and white privilege, and he called on students to "embrace and hold that uncomfortable feeling" because that's when growth happens.

In the afternoon, students attended one of several films on gender issues, and wrapped up with discussion groups.

Marion Standefer '17 says, "I'm pretty involved in social justice and gender issues in general at GFS, so even though I already knew some of the information, I was really glad that the school provided a baseline about these topics for us to access in future conversations."

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