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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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Community Engagement Drives and Activities

Community Engagement Drives and Activities

GFS students, families, faculty, and staff organized a number of community drives and activities this fall.

This year, the GFS community raised money for 75 Thanksgiving turkeys for Holsey Temple, tripling the original goal with more than $5,000! A special thank you to the Early Childhood team for their leadership.

As well, this year Dr. Zarah Adams, Director of Community Engagement, worked with student clubs "Lunch for the Hungry" and the "Community Action Club" to organize monthly food drives for St. Luke's Food Pantry, Holsey Temple, and the Whosoever Gospel Mission. These drives will continue throughout the year.

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Lastly, GFS students in the Upper School club "Lunch for the Hungry" encouraged families to donate fruits and vegetables to the Germantown Community Fridge. With the help of their peers, club leaders Oscar Schwartz '23 and Ethan Young '23 are leading the effort to address food insecurity during the pandemic. "We want to make sure that people in the Germantown community have access to healthy food, especially during these hard times," they said. "What the fridge is doing is very important because it goes beyond non-perishable food items (which are still a necessity) to provide nutritious fresh food, which is often really expensive to buy." 

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Upper School volunteers, led by seniors Maria della Porta and Ruby Simpson, also hosted a virtual coloring workshop with children from the Face to Face Germantown early childhood center.