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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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Jeremy Ross's January Term class on the Supreme Court continued its tradition of asking students to serve as arbiters of the most challenging contemporary legal issues facing our country. 

Jeremy Ross's January Term class on the Supreme Court continued its tradition of asking students to serve as arbiters of the most challenging contemporary legal issues facing our country. 

Open to tenth and twelfth graders, the course studies the Court’s jurisdiction and organization, and students select three cases on the Court’s docket for an up-close look, which culminates in three mock arguments by student counsel for both parties before a mock court of student justices who must then decide the case and justify their opinions. 

Jeremy Ross speaks to the Supreme Court justices before beginning the hearing. 

One of the three cases brought before our GFS Supreme Court this term was "Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission," wherein Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. This case quickly became a national flashpoint, involving fundamental questions around the limits (if any) on free speech, how "free speech" can be defined, and whether businesses are permitted to discriminate against customers. 

Corin Grady '18 and Madeleine McGrath '20 argued for the petitioner (Jack Phillips) and Alex Boyd '18 and Maya Keren '18 represented the respondents (Colorado Civil Rights Commission). Samantha Deutsch '20 presided as Chief Justice, and the rest of the class served as justices on the Court. 

Samantha Deutsch '20 presiding as Chief Justice (complete with gavel!).

The petitioners argued that Phillips' custom cakes, as an artistic expression, count as "speech," and thus he can't be compelled to create a cake that does not align with his personal expressions. The respondents posited that the bakery business is a place of public accommodation, and that to deny service to any customer is a discriminatory practice and therefore illegal. 

After deliberation, the justices arrived at a 4-4 split decision, which Jeremy broke in favor of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. He applauded the students' efforts, remarking that it was an extremely difficult case to argue. "But, to quote my friend Byron, you go to the hard school."