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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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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.

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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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Alumni of Color Spotlight: Jaléssa Mungin '10

Alumni of Color Spotlight: Jaléssa Mungin '10

From her days at GFS, Jaléssa Mungin '10 cultivated a love of poetry, music, and performance that gave her the essential foundations for launching her newest venture: her own artist management and production company. 

A GFS education can set you up for a career that allows you to take all kinds of interesting paths.

From her days at GFS, Jaléssa Mungin '10 cultivated a love of poetry, music, and performance that gave her the essential foundations for launching her newest venture: her own artist management and production company. 

When Jaléssa was sixteen, she got involved with the Germantown Poetry Festival, directed by former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher. After being awarded a grant from The Philadelphia Foundation, Jaléssa helped organize and manage the festival while also being trained in the craft of poetry by such talents as Ursula Rucker and Sonia Sanchez. Also during her Upper School years, Jaléssa co-produced and co-hosted an internet radio show called "People, Places and Things" on GTown Radio. During her junior year, she interned at WURD, Philadelphia's only African-American talk radio station. 

While studying Communication (with a minor in minored in Jazz & Popular music) at the University of Pennsylvania, Jaléssa continued to develop her passion for radio by interning for David Dye of WXPN's nationally syndicated music show "World Café Live." At Penn, Jaléssa discovered and honed a love of West African and Afro-Cuban drum and dance. This passion lead her to become a drummer with African Rhythms Drum and Dance Troupe, where she served on the board and wrote and directed stage plays for the university and wider Philadelphia community.

Jaléssa's interest in music couldn't be confined to a single continent, and while she was studying abroad in Australia, she also created and co-hosted "It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop," a weekly 2-hour talk and music radio show on University of Sydney's student-run station SURG.

After discovering her love for production, Jaléssa went on to create Mungin Management, an artist management and production company representing artists such as Dr. Guy's Musiqology, Bridget Ramsey and Tulani Kinard of Sweet Honey in the Rock. She has managed and produced performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club NYC, South Jazz Parlor, The Annenberg Center and the International African Arts Festival.

In 2016, she co-curated "City of Poetry" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in 2017, she worked as stage manager for The Germantown Second Saturday Festival. She recently co-directed "Pirate Jenny's Conspiracy," a choreopoem written by Yolanda Wisher and based on the music of Nina Simone.

Jaléssa is currently serving as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at BPM Music Group, LLC while also conducting research at the Annenberg Public Policy Center in adolescent media. She also continues to drum and perform for concerts throughout the Philadelphia area.