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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

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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Announcing the 2021 Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education Awards

Announcing the 2021 Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education Awards

Congratulations to the 2021 Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education recipients!

This past year, our incredible faculty and staff developed innovative strategies to power us through COVID-19 challenges, keep our students engaged and healthy, and support meaningful lessons about injustice, advocacy, and community. We are thrilled to share the 2021 Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education recipients—highlighting exciting new ideas for meaningful experiences in teaching and learning. You will see that the following projects align with GFS’ mission and support the fund’s goal of encouraging inventive solutions and approaches that optimize the potential of our students and advance educational access for others in the Philadelphia area.

Thank you to Jamie Maguire and Lisa Maguire (parents of four GFS alumni)—and the Maguire Foundation—for believing in the power of GFS educators and providing funding for these important pilot projects and seed ideas. We will share more details about each project this fall. Congratulations to our 2021 recipients!

Seventh-Grade Capstone Project: The Service Collaborative

Project leads:

  • Keino Terrell, Director of Middle School
  • Hannah Jacoby-Rupp, Middle School teacher

Through an advisory curriculum designed around three focus areas—Food Access, Housing Justice, and Environmental Stewardship—students will gain a better and more nuanced understanding of the meaning of service, activism, and citizenship. With guidance from Director of Community Engagement Dr. Zarah Adams, students will pursue one of seven collaborative relationships with a local organization to further their learning and contribute in meaningful ways, creating reciprocal learning experiences through visits at least once every two weeks. The Service Collaborative is an extension of our institution’s Quaker ethos to engage and energize students within our surrounding community, and is designed to capitalize on the innate energy, curiosity, and engagement of our students.

GFS Center for Journalism: Ethics and Activism

Project lead:

  • Meg Cohen Ragas, Director of Publications & Marketing Projects and Journalism teacher

In the six years since GFS added journalism to its curriculum, interest among students has grown substantially. The recent political climate, the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter movement have further fueled student involvement in social justice and activism. The goal of the GFS Center for Journalism: Ethics and Activism is to develop student writing and support community engagement across divisions through journalism by building our capacity and resources, augmenting our student programming, connecting with working journalists, and collaborating with area media outlets. Students will also connect with non-profit organizations that support human rights and open expression in the US and worldwide. The work of the Center will give voice to multiple perspectives, educate students in ethical decision-making, and consider humanitarian issues locally and globally, connecting students to truth-seeking in an age of misinformation and compromised integrity.

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia and GFS: Community Connections

Project leads:

  • Michelle Palmer, Executive Director of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia
  • Robin Friedman, Upper School teacher

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia and GFS—partners for over 26 years—officially merged this year, with Michelle Palmer serving as the program’s Executive Director. Michelle and teacher Robin Friedman want to ensure that students from both GFS and Breakthrough have opportunities to collaborate, connect, and learn from each other. The pilot program will feature a Thursday night academic enrichment, mentoring, and community building program with Breakthrough eighth graders and GFS Upper School students in the Education Justice Club and the Peer Writing Advisors program. The Community Connections program will meet every other week for two hours, and will include community building, dinner, and an engaging and participatory hour-and-a-half class with focus areas on test preparation, public speaking, and essay writing. Additionally, the program will include peer-to-peer mentoring, where each Breakthrough student will be paired with a GFS Upper School student mentor.