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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.

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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 Community Rallies Around Voter Turnout

GFS Community Rallies Around Voter Turnout

Interest in the upcoming midterm elections is running high, and lots of members of our GFS community—from our students to our former parents—want citizens to be informed and engaged voters. 

Interest in the upcoming midterm elections is running high, and lots of members of our GFS community—from our students to our former parents—want citizens to be informed and engaged voters. 

David Thornburgh (parent of Alice '10 and Blair '08) is the President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan advocate for better government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. David wrote a post for our blog called "Making Democracy Greater Again by Drawing the Lines," about how young people can improve election mapping and turn the tide on low voter turnout.

"It's that spirit—one person standing up for what's right, whose determination inspires those around him to rally to the cause—that, to me, exemplifies much of what's right about this country, our heritage, our history, and our values." Addressing young people specifically, David says, "Democracy is not broken beyond repair. The fix can begin now and begin with you. You are the key to fixing the bug in the operating system of democracy."

On campus, students have been consistently working toward a sound democracy through letter and postcard writing, phone calls to legislators, silent protest, get-out-the-vote efforts, and more. 

Girl seated at table writing postcards

This week, Sona Wink '21 and Asaf Lebovic '21 (two of the leaders of last year's student walkout for ending gun violence) convened a postcard writing station in the Front Hall of the Main Building, enabling students to write to voters—both in Germantown and farther afield—encourgaing them to vote in the midterm elections. 

Although they're not yet of voting age, Sona and Asaf are eager to help drive participation in our electoral process. "This is our way of making a difference and encouraging voter turnout," Sona says. 

Students writing postcards at a table.

In one afternoon, GFS students wrote more than 150 postcards to voters. 

Even if not all of these students are old enough to vote, they're making their voices heard. 

Read David's post and follow our blog about teaching + learning called the Irony of A.