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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

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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: Selena Rezvani '95

Alumni of Color Spotlight: Selena Rezvani '95

Selena Rezvani '95 has a dual mission to empower more women to reach for top leadership roles and to help employers make bold bets on female talent, creating forward-thinking cultures. Through her training and speaking programs, Rezvani addresses thousands of professionals each year, covering topics related to women and self-advocacy, how to be an ally and the future of work. 

Selena Rezvani '95 has a dual mission to empower more women to reach for top leadership roles and to help employers make bold bets on female talent, creating forward-thinking cultures. Through her training and speaking programs, Rezvani addresses thousands of professionals each year, covering topics related to women and self-advocacy, how to be an ally and the future of work. 

Earlier this year, Rezvani's TEDx talk entitled, "Interrupting Gender Bias Through Meeting Culture" was recognized with the Croly Journalism Award. She is the author of two leadership books, "Pushback: How Smart Women Ask — and Stand Up — for What They Want," a bestseller, and "The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won't Learn in Business School." A former Washington Post columnist, today Rezvani writes on women and leadership for Philadelphia Magazine and Forbes.

Rezvani and her husband Geoff are parents to twin first-graders Leo and Noelle, who attend GFS.

"I owe a lot to GFS, starting with the fact that my closest friends on the planet today are kids I met in Kindergarten through third grade," said Rezvani. "Not until I became an adult did it occur to me to that was unusual. They are truly the best gift - I think the small, community-minded feel of GFS really helps you build those lasting friendships."

Rezvani often reflects on the impact the GFS community had on her, particularly after the death of her father. 

"I'm the youngest of four kids and a GFS lifer, so coming up, I thought I pretty much knew GFS backwards and forwards. But when my dad passed away suddenly - on the last day of my eighth-grade school year - I saw GFS differently. I didn't have a school, I had a refuge. I had a constant in a world that had gone sideways. I had a community."

Rezvani also credits her experiences at GFS on inspiring her career exploration and choices.

"I've been fascinated by learning about powerful women since I can remember being alive. And I know GFS stoked that. From reading books by women authors of color at GFS to seeing powerful women leaders around campus – Joan Countryman and Della Micah come to mind – to being immersed in a culture that stresses the equal worth of all people, GFS shaped me. Now I get to be the parent! Seeing what "hybrid" inventions my kids create. Which interests light them up. And I'm glad they're doing it at GFS."

Come see Selena Rezvani on campus! She will be the GFS Alumni Speaker on December 6 at 10:15 a.m. in Loeb Performing Arts Center. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Duane Michelle Sims at dsims@germantownfriends.org.