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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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Alumni of Color Spotlight: Madison McFerrin '10

Alumni of Color Spotlight: Madison McFerrin '10

Madison McFerrin '10 has carried the musical talents she honed as a standout a cappella performer at GFS into her professional career as a singer-songwriter. 

Madison McFerrin '10 has carried the musical talents she honed as a standout a cappella performer at GFS into her professional career as a singer-songwriter. 

In December 2016, Madison's solo debut EP, Finding Foundations: Vol. I, introduced her soulful take on a cappella to the world. Critics and crowds quickly took note. Leading up to her sold-out show at Joe's Pub, the New York Times remarked how her sound "shows wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata." She followed up with a February 2018 release of Finding Foundations: Vol. II, which earned her more critical praise. Most noteworthy is a Pitchfork Rising Artist profile that highlighted how Madison's style offers an "understated, compelling testament to the power and dexterity of the human voice." On the heels of her debut European tour, Madison has begun sharing new music in 2019.

Madison bears the torch of three generations of vocal pioneers. As the LA Weekly noted, she employs the vocal techniques of her jazz virtuoso father, Bobby McFerrin, "to more soulful ends." Her use of electronic music stylings reflects the influence of her brother, Brainfeeder producer, Taylor McFerrin. But Madison's sound is uniquely her own.

Along with testing her budding vocal and performing skills at Germantown Friends School, Madison further honed her performance chops on world tours with her father's band, SpiritYouAll, that includes dynamic, multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato. Prior to launching her solo career, Madison co-founded the funk band, Cosmodrome, while completing her studies at Berklee College of Music. 

Madison delves into the core of her many influences on Finding Foundations Vol. II (FF: Vol. II). The EP features a live recording of "Can You See," a track that was 1 of 4 selected finalists among thousands of entries in the NPR Tiny Desk Contest in spring of 2017. Drawing inspiration from Erykah Badu to Nina Simone, Madison offers a soulful meditation on the painful legacy of police brutality in the United States. She balances out the mood of FF: Vol. II with reminders to tap into your inner light and make time for romance. 

Reflecting on her time at GFS, Madison says, "GFS helped me cultivate lifelong relationships with people of different racial, economic, and religious backgrounds. My experience learning in such an inclusive environment remains invaluable. I hope GFS continues to uphold its commitment to maintaining a diverse community for future generations of students."

With her newest music, Madison intends to explore more ways to create experiences that engage and empower her community. As a female, independent artist of color, she sees this as vitally important to her practice.

Music video for "Insane," directed by fellow alum Jasia Kaulbach '10: