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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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GFS Alumni Athletes Check-In

GFS Alumni Athletes Check-In

Spring athletic practices have gone remote! As a part of Colloquia, our dedicated coaches have created virtual practice sessions for student-athletes with special check-ins from GFS alumni.

As we continue to navigate this complex time, GFS spring athletic practices have gone remote. Our talented, dedicated coaches have risen to the challenge and created enriching virtual practice sessions for our Middle and Upper School student-athletes as part of our Colloquia remote learning program.
Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Jesse Biddle '10, visited our Varsity Baseball team to answer questions about his experiences at GFS, his journey as a professional player, and how he's been training at home for the upcoming season.
GFS alums Riley Knowles '18 and Iris Williamson '12 stopped by and paid a visit to our Middle School Lacrosse team to discuss their lacrosse experiences at GFS and playing at their respective colleges, Pitzer College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Portia McKoy '18 (Lafayette College) and Teasha McKoy '18 (Lehigh University) left their mark on the Track & Field program. The dynamic siblings collected numerous accolades and broke several school records during their GFS careers. This past week, the McKoys, as well as Jonnie Plass '17 and Nick Dahl '17, paid a virtual visit to Middle School Track & Field and discussed their experiences at GFS and life as college athletes competing at the Division-I level, and offered valuable advice to the future track stars.
We welcome other alumni athletes to join our Colloquia practices as well! Email us at