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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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Friends Schools League Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative

Friends Schools League Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative

The GFS Athletics Department is pleased to share a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, created in collaboration with nine partner schools within the Friends Schools League.

Dear Friends,

At Germantown Friends School, we believe that every young person deserves access to an inclusive athletics program and community, yet we know that that is not always the case locally, within our country, and across the world. We share this belief and hope with our peer schools within the Friends Schools League (FSL): Abington Friends, Academy of New Church, Friends' Central, Friends Select, George School, Moorestown Friends, Shipley School, and Westtown. Today, I am pleased to share a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan created as a collaboration between these nine partners.

Over the summer, the FSL Equity and Anti-Racism Steering Committee came together and identified goals to bring about equity, justice, inclusion, and anti-racism within athletics. This fall, subcommittees comprised of passionate and thoughtful league athletic administrators and DEI experts identified action items and began working on bringing this work to life, even during this unusual year for sports.

Committee details are included in this memo from the league, with highlights including:

  • Student Engagement: Charged with amplifying the voices of student-athletes across FSL member schools to help inform Athletic Directors with initiatives that are representative of the students' experiences.
  • Coaches Coalition: A space to connect coaches of color with one another while seeking ways to support growth and future opportunities.
  • Internship Programs for Increasing Access and Opportunity:
    A group that will create partnerships with surrounding colleges and universities to increase opportunities for equitable representation of People of Color in decision making positions in the field of sport.
  • Bias Incident Reporting and Accountability: Help provide clear protocols for a transparent process for reporting and responding to incidents of bias that occur within the FSL.
  • Professional Development: Build opportunities for the development of student-athletes, coaches and administrators within the FSL that reinforce the mission of the league while promoting continued growth and education in areas of Equity and Inclusion.

I am grateful for leadership from our GFS team members Associate Athletic Director Mike Lintulahti and Assistant Athletic Director Dee Thomas-Palmer. Their collaboration and planning has been critical in building an enduring framework from which our league can expand our impact to the thousands of students, hundreds of coaches, and wider communities that play, practice, and compete in our care. Thank you also to Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Angela Campbell for her guidance, expertise, and support as we build upon our school's Actions for Equity plan in the Athletics space.

We have a lot of work to do in our shared goals and responsibility as an anti-racist league, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all student-athletes, coaches, officials, and fans and working towards making athletics truly inclusive and accessible for all.

Go Tigers!
Katie Bergstrom Mark
Director of Athletics