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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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Environmental Justice Begins at Home

Environmental Justice Begins at Home

In Karen Cherubini's fifth grade science class, she empowers students to embrace the Quaker value of Stewardship and get involved in issues that they witness close to home and in the wider world. 

From climate change to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, tacking environmental issues can seem daunting. In Karen Cherubini's fifth grade science class, she empowers students to embrace the Quaker value of Stewardship and get involved in issues that they witness close to home and in the wider world. 

In connection with Earth Month, Karen leads a science unit on environmental justice. Her students begin by discussing environmental issues that are easy to see, such as litter, and then they consider issues of equity, such as: Where do they see litter? Why do some neighborhoods have more or less litter than others? Where does the trash go when it is left on the street? 

The students work in teams to research particular environmental topics, and then they work individually to write their own argument on the topic, using the scientific claim/evidence/reasoning methodology that they apply to all areas of scientific investigation. Tying the lesson into the students' language arts studies as well, the students write full descriptions of their issue, detailing the evidence, and then posing suggestions for how they can make a difference, backing up their suggestions with their research. 

Fifth grader Elliot is studying pesticide overuse, a topic that caught his interest due to his grandfather's family farm in Iowa. Elliot explains, "I go to this farm in Iowa every year, and as I go into Iowa, I see everyone spraying pesticides. My grandfather is trying to return his farm to native prairie. It used to be all corn fields. He's working with Practical Farmers of Iowa." Elliot is concerned about pesticide overuse being bad for human health and the environment, and he would like to see a ban poisonous pesticides. "I might write an argument and send a letter," he says. 

London and Shannon are studying trash in the ocean. London says, "Trash in the street flows to the ocean, and it can clog the sewers too. Litter gets in the ocean and affects animals." Shannon adds, "Many animals get killed by plastic in the ocean. Bags and bottles get mistaken for food, and the plastic can get stuck in their nostrils, ears, and blowholes." 

Jack, in his investigations into water pollution, discovered that many thousands of aquatic mammals die from pollution every year. While this is an upsetting fact, Jack offers a range of solutions to help shrink the problem. "We should ensure minimal use of bleach and detergent, and stop using the toilet as a trash bin." 

Karen hopes that her students learn that they are not powerless, and that they can educate their communities and get involved. "Some write letters to elected officials. Some do neighborhood clean-ups, and involve their neighbors," she says. Karen has made a promise to the students that she will bring them good news about the environment each time their class meets, and she believes that teaching them how to do the same keeps everyone focused on moving forward in a positive direction.