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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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Diversity Dialogue Day: "The New Civil Rights Movement"

Diversity Dialogue Day: "The New Civil Rights Movement"

Our Upper and Middle School students participated in our annual Diversity Dialogue Day—held virtually this year!

Our Upper and Middle School students participated in our annual Diversity Dialogue Day—held virtually this year! They engaged in thoughtful discussion around topics like criminal justice reform and mass incarceration, race, gender, identity and privilege, and systemic racism. Diversity Dialogue Day, which is now required, began with opening remarks from Dr. Angela Campbell, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Associate Director Andrew Lee. In the morning, students joined a Q&A session with an expert panel of facilitators, staff, alumni, and their peers.

Keynote speaker Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, discussed the history of slavery and racism in America, as well as our current climate and the systemic racism that exists in society. “[Systemic racism] hasn’t happened overnight and it won’t be dismantled overnight, but we have a generation of people willing to come together, who are willing to sit in this discomfort until we figure it out. I’m proud to be a part of this day and this moment,” she said.

In the afternoon, students chose two workshop sessions from a number of important topics, such as Misrepresentation & the Media, #SayHerName a Campaign that Became a Movement, Voter Suppression, Youth Activism, Mass Incarceration: An examination of the Criminal Justice System, and many more. A special thank you to our panelists, hosts, student Diversity Ambassadors, Dr. Angela Campbell, Andrew Lee for organizing this important event—and all of our faculty, staff, and students for participating.