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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.

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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The Beauty of Quaker Process: Collaborating Together to Find Common Ground and Inspiration for a Programmed MFW
The Beauty of Quaker Process: Collaborating Together to Find Common Ground and Inspiration for a Programmed MFW

Daniel Rouse, second grade teacher and member of the Lower School Quakerism Committee, shared this story about the genesis of the beautiful mural currently adorning the Cary Building's lobby. 

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, the Lower School gathered as usual for Meeting for Worship (MFW) in the Meetinghouse. Two days after Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 90, we were gathering to honor his work.

The Lower School Quakerism Committee had planned a programmed Meeting for Worship for that day with a focus on one of the teachings of Dr. King: forgiveness. 

Our query: "When I have been hurt, how do I forgive?" 

But here is the backstory. Queries don't just happen.

First of all, you have to have a good query that speaks to the reality of the need. Thankfully, Norman Bayard, Lower School Dean of Students and Community Life, knew the right question to ask. Hence, the query we ended with was Norman's idea. (Clearly, his daily work of compassion helped to generate such a good question.)

Our work began when Amparo Stetina challenged the committee with the idea that not only did students need to contemplate a question, they also need to be engaged. She took the idea of Light and turned it into fire! Her idea: Each student would respond to the query in writing and then she had the vision to suggest that perhaps Khaleel Adger, our Lower School art teacher, could design a format that would allow for an expression from all of the students. And the fire came forth! Khaleel had the idea that each student could respond on a part of a flame—in paper form—on a mural in the Cary Building lobby. 

The next concern: How do you capture the thoughts of kids in a timely manner on paper flames? The answer was, again thanks to Amparo, don't rush! Give everyone the time to think and respond. 

So the mural in the Cary Building lobby happened.

Take a moment to read the students' words reflecting on the query "When I have been hurt, how do I forgive?"