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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 Thanksgiving Message From Head of School Dana Weeks

A Thanksgiving Message From Head of School Dana Weeks

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for our inspiring students, teachers, alumni, staff, faculty, and more. Read a reflection from GFS Head of School Dana Weeks to hear what she's grateful for this year.

Dear Friends,

The Thanksgiving holiday often inspires reflection, particularly around the things for which we are grateful. One thing I am grateful for is our community—our students, families, alumni, and neighbors.

Last week, we were fortunate to have a Germantown neighbor, Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, join us in the Friends Free Library to give a Lunchtime Chat lecture. Dr. Asante is a distinguished scholar and author, the founder of the theory of Afrocentricity, and co-founder of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute, a library and think tank located just one block from Main Campus.

Dr. Asante shared myths and misconceptions that continue to have a profound impact on African people. He also shared many truths, including ideas and beliefs that speak to the depth and influence of African culture and history. He spoke about the African belief that the quality of one’s character is most fundamental to living a moral and ethical life. He explained that character—good character—is the pattern of behavior that brings about harmony and cooperation in society, and is the form and manner in which one shares their voice.

As educators, we seek to create opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of self and identity, and we examine how the past has contributed to the present. Dr. Asante reminded us that African culture and tradition continues to influence all of us, and his words inspired deep reflection on the abundant ways our children express good character. Every day we see our students stand up for peace, build and support the community, and care for others and the earth—from first-graders exploring ways to help homeless families to our Upper Schoolers volunteering to serve food at Holsey Temple.

I hope that you join me in taking time to give thanks to people like Dr. Asante, our faculty and staff, GFS families, and our neighbors, who help instill in our students the sense of character that makes our community special. I also wish you a joyful break full of wonderful food, friends, and family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In peace,

Dana Weeks
Head of School