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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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Meet Colin Lucius, Head Middle School Tennis Coach

Colin Lucius joined the GFS coaching staff in fall 2021 as the Head Middle School Tennis Coach. Lucius also serves as a tennis professional at Germantown Cricket Club.

Colin Lucius joined the GFS coaching staff in fall 2021 as the Head Middle School Tennis Coach. Lucius also serves as a tennis professional at Germantown Cricket Club. Prior to GFS and GCC, Lucius’ coaching experience included teaching at Seaside Tennis in the Florida panhandle and at the University of Texas tennis camp in Austin, TX. He has earned Professional Tennis Registry status through extensive tennis coaching training. 

Lucius, a native of Shreveport, La., is a former Division I tennis player at La Salle University (‘21) where he played both single and doubles for the Explorers. Lucius graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. 

“Lucius came highly recommended from our strong contacts at La Salle and GCC,” said Katie Bergstrom Mark, Director of Athletics. “And we can see why. It’s great for our Middle School program to have a high level player-coach in Colin who is also fun and engaging.”

“GFS Middle School Tennis provides athletes with daily fun and competition while ensuring that those who wish to play high school tennis have the proper resources to prepare for the step up,” said Lucius.

“I coach and work at GFS because helping kids build confidence by mastering the hardest sport in the world brings substantial fulfillment to my day,” Lucius added. “The best coaches say that tennis and life mirror each other; I've found these words to be fact over my last 14 years on court. I feel that if I help a child develop the tools necessary to become a better tennis player, I'm also preparing them for future challenges and obstacles off the court.” 

Photo courtesy of La Salle University Athletics