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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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Attack on our Capitol and our Democracy

Attack on our Capitol and our Democracy

Read our response to the violence that took place in the capitol on January 6. 

Disgraceful violence and endeavors to breach our country's democracy shook us all this week. As a community, we strongly condemn these acts of force and insurrection, the ongoing attempts to retain power illegally and through disinformation, unremitting injustices and inequities, hateful religious intolerance, and the threatening use of weapons. We condemn the ongoing abdication of our collective responsibility to protect Black life.

Let us hold those in the Light who are courageously managing this crisis and defending democracy on behalf of our nation.

Reflecting on this week, we want to thank our community for providing Light and hope, and for centering Truth, the power of the Quaker testimony of Integrity, and action – all while also taking care of one another. Thank you to our phenomenal teachers who continued to be there for our students – even virtually. And thank you to our students, who shared their thoughts, ideas, and hopes during Upper, Middle, and Lower School Meetings for Worship - reminding us of the power of their voices and ability to impact our future in profound, positive ways.  

An educational organization called Teaching Tolerance shared a thoughtful article and strategy for supporting students in responding to disturbing current events—Listen, Protect, Model, and Take Care of Yourself. We wanted to share this article, as it is a helpful resource for all of our families and friends. 

We continue to work as a community towards greater justice and unity. Shown are pictures from the 2020 Peace March with GFS and Greene Street Friends and the 2018 Walkout for Gun Control.