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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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A Recipe on the “Rise” for Doing Good

Among the many discoveries made during a year of quarantine, we’ve learned that nothing brings people together quite like baking bread.  Twenty years ago, Lower School teacher Daniel Rouse founded the Whosoever Gospel Mission Bread Project.

Among the many discoveries made during a year of quarantine, we’ve learned that nothing brings people together quite like baking bread. The trend exploded in the early days of the pandemic as people spent time at home with their families. The Huffington Post even wrote an article last July titled, “Why People Baked So Much Bread During Quarantine: An Explanation.” 

Some might argue that this doughy venture began last March, but GFS has quite a long bread-baking history. Twenty years ago, when Lower School teacher Daniel Rouse was searching for a way to connect students and families with the Germantown community, he founded the Whosoever Gospel Mission Bread Project.

His second-grade class connected with Bob Emberger, director of the Whosoever Gospel Mission, an organization that provides shelter, food, education, counseling, and more to homeless men, women, and children. Daniel’s class baked a dozen loaves of bread each month for the Mission to use during their evening meals. Daniel also tied the project to his social studies curriculum focused on bread, one of the most basic human needs. 

In 2018, the project expanded to three other second-grade classrooms, which rotated the bread-baking activity every month. “Each week that we baked, we provided the recipe, the resources (bowls, ingredients, and kitchen tools), and the means (two ovens in the Meetinghouse kitchen--and tremendous support from the Germantown Monthly Meeting),” says Daniel. “But GFS parents really did the work. Two or four parents at a time would facilitate small groups of students to mix and knead the dough, clean up the kitchen, and let the dough rise until we baked it a few hours later. Then, parent volunteers came back to school to pick up the bread and deliver it.” Since 1998, a total of 2,700 loaves have been made by students and delivered by GFS parents to the Mission.

Then last year, everything changed. The world paused and so did the project, until GFS parents stepped in. Collectively, they decided to flip the script on the bread-making and distribution process. Using some creative ingenuity, they made adjustments to coincide with the changing health and safety precautions. “Everything was completed virtual this year,” says Daniel. “Parents would have families sign-up to bake loaves right at home. Everyone still used the same recipe, but the baking was completed at home before being collected and delivered to the Mission.”

The pandemic has caused a rise in food insecurity across the country. “While COVID-19 has made the need for food access more acute nationally, we felt it was important to continue to focus on our local community,” notes Daniel. Each year, GFS classes visit the Whosoever Gospel Mission and learn about the services they provide to those in their care. “It was important to show students where the bread was going, and how a simple task like baking can make a difference.”