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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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Actions for Equity Update

Actions for Equity Update

Earlier this week, we shared an update about our Actions for Equity plan, which included revisions to the Student and Family Handbook and a new bias-incident reporting process and form.

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to see so many alumni, families, students, and members of our faculty and staff at last Thursday's virtual Community Writers Series event with Paul Farber '01 and André Lee '89, who discussed the role monuments play in commemorating movements and history. In response to a student's question, André and Paul reflected on how structures on our campus can better represent the community's commitment to justice and equity, noting new artwork and physical connections to Germantown Avenue. 

These dialogues continue to be powerful, collaborative forces in moving our Actions for Equity work forward. As outlined, six priorities drive our plan and progress as an anti-racist institution. Today, we are pleased to share updates on our priority to establish processes to ensure safety and accountability. 

This summer, two working groups were formed—one to revise the Student and Family Handbook and another to create a bias-incident reporting process and website. While these resources are for our current students, families, faculty, and staff, we want to continue to share updates to our Action for Equity work with the full community. 

Student and Family Handbook Working Group
The charge of the Student and Family Handbook Working Group was to revise the handbook to reflect our anti-racism commitments shared in the Actions for Equity plan and update language that addresses accountability, safety, care, and bias incident reporting. New and revised policies, which include an Anti-Racism Policy and updates to the Honor Code can now be found in the Student and Family Handbook (pages 5-6), located on the landing pages of our Veracross portals.

In an effort to uphold our commitment to racial equity, we added the following anti-racism policy:

Germantown Friends School is an anti-racist institution. GFS denounces white supremacy and all forms of racism, discrimination, harassment, hate speech or bias, e.g., microaggressions. We affirm unequivocally the human dignity and racial and/or ethnic identities and cultural expressions of all members of the GFS community.

Acts of racism, including the use of racist words or allowing acts of racism to persist, will not be tolerated at GFS. Accusations of racism are very serious and will be thoroughly and fairly investigated. Consequences will be handled on a case by case basis and will be determined by the Head of School and/or other person(s) she authorizes.

Bias Incident Reporting
A group of nine faculty and staff—the Bias Incident Reporting Team (BIRT)—met to develop a thoughtful bias-reporting process and identify factors to consider when responding to alleged acts of bias towards students.

This process now includes an online form for students, current parents/caregivers, faculty, and staff to share instances of bias against students. The form is available on the Veracross student, family, and employee portals. Upon receipt of a submission, BIRT will review, take the appropriate next steps regarding offending behaviors, and notify the submitter. Instances of bias that do not involve students should be reported to Human Resources.

More information about the bias reporting process can be found on the Actions for Equity page.

Bias Incident Reporting Information

We will continue to share updates on this important work. Thank you for your continued commitment and partnership.


Dana Weeks
Head of School