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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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Classics Day

Classics Day

Classics Day will be taking place next Thursday, 3/14. Parents are welcome to attend the lecture, when we will welcome Dr. Emily Wilson, the first woman to publish a translation of the Odyssey, as our McCabe speaker.

Classics Day will be taking place next Thursday, March 14. Parents are welcome to attend the lecture, when we will welcome Dr. Emily Wilson, the first woman to publish a translation of the Odyssey, as our McCabe speaker.

If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your lunch contribution, here is the link

We have a full day planned, and the schedule is below.  

8:05 a.m.—Homeroom

8:20 a.m.—Gather in Yarnall and Welcome

8:25 a.m.—8th grade, Latin 1b, taking the auspices in the Dead Graveyard

8:35 a.m.—First Latin 4 movie in Yarnall; Latin 3 Lit musical interlude

9:05 a.m.—Triumph set-up time (in and around Alumni); film clips in Yarnall 

9:30 a.m.—Triumph through campus (The Triumph of Food!)

9:45 a.m.—Snack in the cafeteria

10 a.m.—Back in Yarnall; Senior Celebration

10:15 a.m.—Sacrifice of a (papier-mâché) bull conducted by all Greek students in Yarnall 

10:20 a.m.—Aloysius B. McCabe '45 Lecture by Dr. Emily Wilson: “Translating the Odyssey Again: Why and How” in Yarnall

10:50 a.m.—Q & A

11 a.m.—Second Latin 4 movie in Yarnall

11:15 a.m.—Mediterranean Lunch in Social Room of the Meetinghouse

11:45 a.m.—Scavenger Hunt

12:45 p.m.—Latin 3 History speeches in the Meetinghouse

1:30 p.m.—Speeches judged (seniors in Meetinghouse), choice time in and around the Social Room and Common; travelers to Rome collect their bags from Jim’s room.

1:45 p.m.—Seniors talk about speeches!

2 p.m.—Sending off the 10th-12th grade students who are heading to Rome! 

2:10 p.m.—Meeting for Worship in Meetinghouse

2:30 p.m.—Middle Schoolers dismissed to sports and Flex; Faculty and Upper Schoolers tidy our areas and carry props, costumes, etc. to Alumni

3:10 p.m.—Upper School dismissal