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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

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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.

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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.

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"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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Alumna Selena Rezvani Inspires Students to Own Their Power

Alumna Selena Rezvani Inspires Students to Own Their Power

Alumna Selena (Khan) Rezvani '95 addressed GFS Middle and Upper students last week, outlining the ways in which they can use their power for good.

Alumna Selena (Khan) Rezvani ’95 is a force for positive change. The women’s leadership speaker, author, consultant, and self-identified “culture disruptor” empowers women to reach for top leadership roles and helps employers create forward-thinking cultures where female talent is recognized and elevated. She addresses thousands of professionals each year, covering topics related to gender bias, self-advocacy, and how to be an ally in the workplace.

Last week, she addressed Germantown Friends School Middle and Upper students, outlining the ways in which they can use their power for good. “Creating a title wave of change starts with you. Regardless of the label society puts on you, your voices matter. Your generation has power.” 

What can you do to stop gender biases? In her discussion, Rezvani gave the students three suggestions to confront gender inequality in their lives:

  1. Expose yourself to different interests, ideas, and disciplines.

  2. Learn to identify stereotypical and limiting messages.

  3. Challenge gender stereotypes.

The alumna mentioned several studies, one of which reported that by the age of six, girls start believing that boys are inherently smarter and more talented than they are. Toys, posters, and clothes are marketed differently to boys and girls. “We instill biases at such a young age. We’ve even gender divided color: pink for girls and blue for boys.” 

She also discussed the many stereotypes attributed to women and people who identify as non-binary, as well as societal pressures for men. “I hope you stand up to the lies that society tells you about what it takes to be a real man. You are man enough,” she said.

Following the assembly, students were invited to join Rezvani for lunch. Senior Maribel Carpenter ’20 was inspired by the presentation. “I discussed the times when I have felt systematic sexism come into play and how that has affected me academically and socially. Selena was extremely receptive and eager to help, offering to come back to GFS to talk with students further. She has a unique position, being able to understand the intricacies of GFS and how to initiate positive change.”

“It’s very empowering to hear another woman share her journey of leaving GFS and managing gender bias in college and beyond,” agreed Sammi Deutsch ’20. “I am so glad that the students were able to listen to her, and I hope this helps them start conversations about what it means to be an ally and to fight stereotypes.”

At the end of her speech, Rezvani left the students with this piece of advice: “My greatest hope for you is that you can help each other grow, regardless of race, background, gender, or any other label. Each generation gets one shot to make their mark. I hope you use yours to elevate the voices around you. You have the power to shape the future. What will you do today to be a change maker?”