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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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Giving Back While Learning

Giving Back While Learning

Thomas Shaw '20, Ben Rosin '20, and Matthew Flynn '19 wrote, animated, and scored a video to support the GFS Annual Giving Campaign.

Thomas Shaw '20, Ben Rosin '20, and Matthew Flynn '19 created a thoughtful video to shine light on how GFS inspires students to be critical thinkers, stewards, and engaged community members. Not only did they create a visually interesting and meaningful fundraising tool, but they also gained valuable experience creating a video from scratch as a team—writing, editing, animating, and scoring the entire project on their own. 

"It was a challenge to learn how to use the software for the animation. It was a new technical level for me," said Thomas, a student at GFS since seventh grade. "I didn't expect to have this much fun working on an animation!"

Ben, a GFS student since the third grade, added, "It was an excellent opportunity for me to combine the persuasive writing I've done in school, with the values instilled in me by my parents about the importance of speaking eloquently, and saying what you mean."

While Ben and Thomas wrote the text and developed the animation, they knew they needed a musically creative and strategic partner to complete the project, so they approached Matthew to help make their vision a reality. He has extensive experience writing music, but had never worked on an animated production.

"I felt that the music needed to have some synths in it, so I had to learn about them," said Matthew, who has attended GFS since kindergarten. 

This project was a memorable challenge and collaboration for these students and friends, and a special way for them to give back to a school that helped them discover their creative voices.

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