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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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Announcing the André Robert Lee Fellowship

The new André Robert Lee Fellowship celebrates outstanding Upper School students by providing financial grants, mentorship, and leadership opportunities, while building a stronger culture of affinity and inclusion at GFS.

Inspired by the experiences of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, a generous alumni family decided they wanted to actively support a framework for greater equity at GFS and contributed a $1.9 million gift to help address the school’s Actions for Equity plan priorities of increasing diversity and building a truly affirming environment. Recognizing the impact that André Robert Lee '89 has made over the past 30 years, dedicating his life to exploring and fostering dialogue, supporting students of color, and inspiring storytelling and understanding through film making, the gift has been named in his honor—the André Robert Lee Fellowship.

The innovative Fellowship combines a new endowed fund with a mission-driven program. In addition to covering tuition and ancillary costs for up to four Upper School students per year, the Fellowship aims to build strong affinity for the Fellows and their families within the school community and provide the support needed for success—during the academic year and beyond graduation. Stewarded by the school’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Charla Okewole, together with Assistant Director of Upper School Jackie Dawson, the program offers Fellows access to workshops and conferences, leadership opportunities, mentorship with professionals related to fields of interest, and the option to design and implement a social-justice capstone project. Focused programming and gatherings will be offered to participating parents, caregivers, and families, while speakers focused on justice, identity, and equality will be presented to the full GFS community—with the goal to empower all students to build inclusive spaces.

“This Fellowship will help move important goals of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion forward in meaningful, direct, and new ways,” said Okewole. “We honor the cultural competencies brought to GFS by the Fellows while providing them a foundation to establish academic success, build positive identity, develop leadership within the community, and establish relationships that will help to sustain their success over their lifetime.”

Lee is a current film teacher at GFS and an internationally acclaimed writer and producer. His work includes The Prep School Negro, in which Lee shares his experience as a Black student at an independent school with local and national audiences. He has produced a number of award winning films, including the documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I?, Virtually Free—the story of incarcerated youth in Richmond, VA, and The Road to Justice, documenting Civil Rights tours Lee offers throughout the American South. He directed and produced an episode of CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling about the history of Violence in Chicago and shared a short film at Sundance 2022. Currently, Lee is developing a documentary series project with artists William and Steven Ladd and is working in pre-production on a new television project. Lee regularly leads sessions at GFS and other schools about justice, identity, and building inclusive communities.

“We continue to hold up the vital work of ensuring that GFS, and other independent schools, are welcoming, affirming educational homes. With the leadership of our donors, André, Charla, Jackie, faculty, staff, and our students, we are experiencing meaningful change that aligns with our Quaker values and mission—to celebrate the unique light in each person,” said Dana Weeks, Head of School at GFS. “I am pleased that the André Robert Lee Fellowship can serve as a model for how philanthropic leadership can support diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.”