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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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Germantown Community Basketball Tournament: Still Strong After 28 Years

Germantown Community Basketball Tournament: Still Strong After 28 Years

Join us today and tomorrow, 3:30-9:30 p.m. in the Scattergood Gym, for exciting out-of-league basketball match-ups and to help benefit the GFS Community Basketball & Enrichment Camp.

When: Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 3:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Scattergood Gym
Tickets: $3 Students, $5 adults (per day)

The Germantown Community Basketball Tournament has been taking place annually since its inception in 1989. The tournament, now in its 28th year, is the brainchild of former GFS Boys Athletic Director Carl Tannenbaum. As the name suggests, the tournament has always been focused on benefiting the Germantown community and has done so in a number of ways.  

The tournament's primary mission was—and still is—to bring together high school students from diverse backgrounds. The selection of participants provides an opportunity for exciting out-of-league match-ups between squads whose schedules would never otherwise intersect.

The original participants were Germantown Friends, Germantown High School, and Martin Luther King High School, with William Penn Charter and Girls' High rounding out the brackets on the boys and girls sides, respectively.

The creation of the tournament allowed for the growth of friendly rivalries among the local schools while strengthening ties in the community and establishing crossover games between private and public league teams.  

Although the list of schools has changed over recent years and stretched itself beyond the borders of the immediate Germantown neighborhood, the commitment to the community has not.  

This year, we welcome back Bodine High School for International Affairs, our longtime partner of many years, and Roxborough High School, a seasoned participant that we are excited to have rejoined us.  We also welcome back Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice and Paul Robeson High School for Human Services, who are both here for their second year.  GFS is proud to bring these schools together to remind us of the importance of athletics creating community and fueling the healthy development of our students.

The tournament is a fundraiser, with all proceeds from the tournament going directly to the one-of-a-kind GFS Community Basketball & Enrichment Camp. Started in 1972 by former GFS principal David Felsen, the summer program, formerly known as the Germantown Basketball, Reading, & Computer Clinic, provides a low-cost opportunity for children from the Germantown community to develop their skills not only on the court but in the classroom as well. The camp is currently run by GFS Boys Basketball Head Coach Shawn Werdt.

Tournament Schedule

Friday, December 8

3:30 p.m.

Roxborough Girls vs. Bodine Girls

5 p.m.

Paul Robeson Boys vs. Parkway Northwest Boys

6:30 p.m.

GFS Girls vs. Parkway Northwest Girls

8 p.m.

GFS Boys vs. Bodine Boys


Saturday, December 9

2 p.m.

Girls Consolation

3:30 p.m.

Boys Consolation

5 p.m.

Girls Championship

6:30 p.m.

Germantown Community Service Award: Emaleigh Doley

7 p.m.

Boys Championship