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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 Musicians Selected to Sing with National Honors Choir

Six Germantown Friends School (GFS) choral students were accepted to participate in the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) All-East Honor Choir. 

Six Germantown Friends School (GFS) choral students were accepted to participate in the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) All-East Honor Choir. 

Ava Charlot Lazin '20, Henry Farnham '20, Walden Green '20, and Cella Reser '21 were selected to participate in the Senior High Honor Choir. These singers will join other students in grades ten through twelve in Rochester, NY at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference from March 4 to March 7, 2020. The ensemble will be conducted by Dr. Edith Copley, Regents' Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University. All four singers are members of the GFS Choir and Chorus.

In addition, Ethan Jih-Cook '23 and Andrew Moss '23 were selected to participate in the Junior High School Honor Choir, comprised of students in grades seven through nine. This ensemble will be conducted by Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins, Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir. Ethan and Andrew both participate in the GFS Chorus.

The finest high school and undergraduate singers from Maine to Virginia high school and undergraduate singers were selected by submitting multiple recordings consisting of vocalises, a repertoire excerpt, and a prepared solo.

"The Honor Choirs at ACDA's regional and national conferences are made up of extremely talented singers that have been selected during a rigorous audition process," said ACDA Executive Director Tim Sharp. "Competition to be in one of those choirs is tough, and being selected is a testament to the students and their teachers. We work hard to make that experience both educational and one that they will remember for the rest of their lives."

Founded in 1959, ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.