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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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Filmmaking Gets Real

Filmmaking Gets Real

Alex Favin '07 brought his film production skills and equipment to André Lee's Intro to Filmmaking class, setting young filmmakers minds' ablaze with possibilities. 

"It's easy to make a film, but it's hard to be a filmmaker."

That's the sentiment that André Lee has been bringing to his Intro to Filmmaking class this term, especially when he realized that many of his students entered the class with advanced skills that were beyond his expectations. 

André's been shaping the curriculum around their needs and skill sets accordingly, and this past week featured a visit from his former mentee, alum Alex Favin '07. (Pictured above.)

Alex, now co-owner of Creative Outfit Inc., a local media production company, introduced the filmmaking class to industry-leading audio, lighting, and camera equipment, and allowed André 's students to use and experiment with this equipment to create their own short films.

The film students crowded the equipment with excitement. Within seconds of unveiling the RED camera (one of the fanciest, most high-end cameras there is), a student asked, "Is this what they use in Hollywood?" (Yes, blockbusters such as The Hobbit and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, have used RED cameras.)

But high-end equipment will only get you so far—film students still need a subject to shoot. Lisa Burns, co-chair of the Theater Department, asked her drama class students to participate as well, and they performed improvisational sketches as the film students recorded, adjusted the three-point lighting set-up, and operated the sound equipment.

Throughout the period, André prodded the students to take on different roles, try out the equipment while gently offering technical advice: "What do you say on set when the boom is in the shot?" "Notice that the chord on the boom is flapping. You'll need to secure that or it will ruin the audio. Incidentally, who knows what kind of tape is used on sets?" "Let's talk about camera movement and the technique behind it."

Alex and André have had a long collaborative relationship. André explains, "Alex and I have worked together since his sophomore year at GFS. I was working on a short fundraising film for the Community Scholars Program. Alex saw us filming on campus and said he planned to work in film someday. I put him to work on our production that first day we met. He did some light PA [production assistant] work and also operated the boom pole for a few segments we filmed on campus. We stayed in touch during his time here and he did his Junior Project with me, where we worked on a film I was producing for RuPaul and went to Sundance. We've stayed in touch and worked together on numerous projects since first meeting in tenth grade."

What's next? Alex departed with the footage and audio recorded by the class. He'll spend the week editing it and return to show them the results of their work.