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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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Fundraising Through Song: GFS A Cappella's WeHarmonizeU Project

Fundraising Through Song: GFS A Cappella's WeHarmonizeU Project

GFS A Cappella is leading a musical fundraising project called WeHarmonizeU, a fundraiser to help those in the GFS community who are experiencing hardship during COVID-19.

GFS A Cappella is leading a musical fundraising project called WeHarmonizeU, based on Jacob Collier's iHarmU project. The group invites the entire GFS community to participate! Send in a 20-30 second video clip of yourself singing any melody of your choosing. The group will arrange music to your clip, students will record themselves singing it, and then GFS A Cappella will release it.

We are making this project a fundraiser to help those in the GFS community who are experiencing hardship during the pandemic. We are inviting people to make donations to the Annual Fund in any amount to support Germantown Friends School's COVID response for every WeHarmonizeU creation we release. (Our model is similar to one common in races, where people pledge to give to a charity for every mile a runner runs.) Funds raised will support financial aid for families experiencing a change in circumstances caused by the COVID crisis, technology and other support required to fully participate in Colloquia, and professional development costs for teacher training in online instruction.

How to join the effort:

  • Send a video clip in vertically-oriented selfie mode to Allen Drew.
  • Follow GFS on social media for updates or visit the school's website.
  • Join the fundraising effort by doing any of the following:
    • Make a one-time gift online (select "other" and write "A Cappella COVID fundraiser" in the Comments field)
    • Make a one-time gift via check (make payable to Germantown Friends School and write "A Cappella COVID fundraiser" in the Memo line. Send to Germantown Friends School, Advancement Office, 31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144).
  • Pledge a gift per project by emailing Amanda Reath in the Advancement Office and pay via one of the options above. Payment on pledges must be made on or before June 30.

Musical projects will be posted as completed and total funds will be announced in the coming months. For any questions about the project, please contact Allen Drew.