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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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Action Through Athletes Winter Jump Rope Fundraising Challenge

Action Through Athletes Winter Jump Rope Fundraising Challenge

Action through Athletes is partnering with all divisions (including Early Childhood) on a Jump Rope Challenge over winter break to keep students active and create change.

Action through Athletes is partnering with all divisions (including Early Childhood) on a Jump Rope Challenge over winter break to keep students active and create change. Participating students will raise money through jump rope, air jumping, or star jumping. Kindergarten–grade 8 students received jump ropes for PE class and the Athletic Department has jump ropes available for anyone in need (please email

Proceeds will support Action through Athletes' mission and goal of raising $50,000 by the end of the 2021 school year to create a fund for equity through sports. The fund will support non-tuition financial aid and students' paths to success (athletic trips, equipment, camps, clinics, showcases, recruiting visits, club sport fees, attending sports and social justice conferences, and hosting guest speakers). So far ATA has raised over $10,000 during a summer athletic challenge in the Upper School.  

Action through Athletes (ATA) is committed to bringing awareness to difficult and wide-ranging injustices in the world through athletics. We strive to create a brighter future through education, fundraising, and advocacy of underrepresented groups, and important issues. ATA believes that because of Germantown Friends School's Quaker roots and the S.P.I.C.E.S., we are called to action and believe that dynamic teamwork is a unique channel for change.

A quick guide:

  1. Collect sponsors (neighbors, extended family, Tigers friends). A pledge form can be found here.
  2. Have sponsors choose their donation plan in 1 of 3 ways: 
  • Donate for participation (flat rate for total jumping experience).
  • Donate per minute (for example $0.50 or $1.00 per minute).
  • Donate for consecutive days (for example $1.00 per day) or Ultimate Challenge (30 days in a row for $50.00 donation). For example: $0.50 per minute for 5 minutes a day every day, the donation amount is $75.00.

We hope the whole family will join in! Check out the Instagram account @actionthroughathletes and send photos and videos of your child getting into the Tiger Spirit! At the end of the 30-day challenge, ATA will tally and collect donations. To donate now, please click here.