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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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Extended Deadline! Cradles to Crayons Drive Still Underway

Extended Deadline! Cradles to Crayons Drive Still Underway

The new deadline for the Cradles to Crayons drive is Friday, 2/1. You have this weekend to clear out your closets and drawers! Most needed children's items include larger sizes of pants, long-sleeve shirts, winter coats, hats and gloves, sneakers, and new underwear and pajamas.

Even though our on-campus activities for MLK Day were canceled, you may still bring donations for Cradles to Crayons. The donation deadline is now extended through next Friday, February 1.  

We have a large POD storage unit parked in the back corner of the Pennsbury Lot. As you can see in the photo, it is not nearly as full as it could be! You may place your items directly inside the POD if it's open or next to it if it's not. Or, if you're in a hurry, you may drop items right on the Coulter Street sidewalk underneath the purple Cradles to Crayons banner and someone will shuttle them back for you.  

Thank you to all who have donated! With Monday's cancellation, we have far less than last year. Most needed items this month include larger sizes of pants, long-sleeve shirts, winter coats, hats and gloves, sneakers, and new underwear and pajamas. Let's see if we can fill up this lonely POD for Cradles to Crayons!

Donation Guidelines:  (In assessing items, please remember "Quality=Dignity")

  • Children's clothing (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
  • Winter coats (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
  • Winter hats & gloves
  • Sneakers, sandals, & winter boots (sizes 0-adult 9)
  • Toys (no larger than 24" in size)
  • Children's books (baby boards through grade 6)
  • New socks & underwear
  • New pajamas (except 0-24 months in like-new condition)
  • New school supplies 
  • New arts & crafts supplies
  • Baby equipment (strollers, car seats no older than 5 years, pack-n-plays, etc. No cribs.)
  • Baby hygiene items (New wipes, shampoo, lotion, powder, etc.)
  • Crib & bassinet bedding (blankets & sheets only)
  • Diapers, diaper bags, baby carriers
  • New batteries