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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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Family Favorites

What recipes do you and your loved ones cherish? Grandma's chicken pot pie? Aunt Thelma's apple fritters? Time to spill your tastiest secrets!

The recipes in our families hold a lot of power. Those tastes and smells can evoke memories of times past or bring the image of a beloved friend or loved one to mind. The best Christmas gift Bake Off Guru Geo Decas O'Donnell remembers giving his dad was when he made him brownies from his grandmother's recipe. When health education department head Maryanne Rawlings bragged to her family about the cherry crumb pie she made for pie week, she discovered that it was her new brother-in-law's favorite pie, too! His mother, who passed away, used to make it, and now Rawlings' sister will make it for him for his first Father's Day. 

For family recipe week, we want you to cook, bake, or fry up your favorite family dish. Maybe it's a certain kind of cookie or some muffins or a crumb cake—or maybe it's a lasagna! Whatever it is, make it, photograph it, and send it to Geo at godonnell@germantownfriends by Monday, June 1, WITH the recipe! YES, we want the recipe, too! 

It can be a recipe that's been handed down for generations, or it can be something that your family has claimed. For example, for the last eight Thanksgivings, Geo has baked a pecan pie from an America's Test Kitchen recipe. It uses maple syrup instead of corn syrup, it is amazingly delicious, and it has become known as Geo's pecan pie in his family. (Here's a link to the recipe.)

We're really excited about this challenge! Sky's the limit!

Happy baking!

P.S. Here are the results from Bread Week.

Read more about the previous Bake Off Challenges (and see the results!):

Pie Week

Brownies & Bars Week

Biscuit Week Results and Granola Bar Week

Biscuit Week 

Veggie/Fruit Bread Results