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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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Building Community Through Theatre and Gratitude

The Theatre Department and Counseling Team joined together for an all-school gratitude project, inspired by the Upper School play Every Brilliant Thing.

Building community—one of our Quaker testimonies of the year—can come in many forms. Recognizing the deep connection between gratitude, wellness, and mental health—and the various struggles our students and adults face during this continued pandemic—the Theatre Department and Counseling Team joined together to offer spaces to reflect, give thanks, and learn. 

Inspired by the Upper School play, Every Brilliant Thing, the all-school Gratitude Project includes age-appropriate experiences realized in each division and designed to increase happiness and decrease stress. Students and adults in every division were invited to generate lists of brilliant things, as a communal practice of gratitude. In homerooms and advisories, students were asked to name things in their lives for which they are grateful, or small things in the world that are worth celebrating.

GFS Upper School Play Every Brilliant Thing

Theatre Department Chair Jake Miller notes, "Every Brilliant Thing is a beautifully-written, soulful celebration of life. It is about one person's list of everything wonderful in the world—everything worth living for—and how that list transforms them over time. It is a lovely, complicated, life-affirming piece of theatre that, at once, tackles what is most challenging while at the same time, lifting up the transformational power of gratitude and love."

Every Brilliant Thing runs from November 11-13 in the Loeb Performing Arts Center. Please note: this production is intended for mature audiences only. 

GFS Upper School Play Every Brilliant Thing