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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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ISP & Lunar New Year Celebration at GFS

ISP & Lunar New Year Celebration at GFS

The International Student Program, better known as ISP, is thriving at GFS. The most anticipated event of the year, the Lunar New Year Celebration, will take place on Saturday, 2/9, 6-8 p.m. in the Hargroves Center. All are welcome!

By Isabel Metha '20

The International Student Program, better known as ISP, is thriving at GFS. Starting with only four students in the 2014-15 academic year, ISP more than doubled in size the following year and has been hosting a steady 12-13 students since then. This year, we have 13 students living with 11 homestay families who are providing the supportive environment the students need to immerse themselves in the values, curriculum, and spirit of GFS.

ISP is always looking for prospective host families, both directly and indirectly affiliated with GFS. Direct families would include current families, families of graduates, past and present faculty, and alumni, while indirect families would be friends and neighbors of those who are directly affiliated with GFS. (Families who are interested in hosting a student should contact Penka Slavova and stay posted for an information session taking place this March.)

ISP, though, does more than just pair families with students; they serve as the epicenter between GFS, biological families, and host families. Providing support to host families and students, ISP serves as the central liaison between all moving pieces of the puzzle. Joy Kushner, Director of ISP and Penka Slavova, the Coordinator of International Student Life, work together to nurture the social and emotional welfare of the international students. ISP works closely with the College Advisory Office to facilitate the college application process as smoothly and organically as possible, keeping both host and biological families informed and updated.

To provide a warm and welcoming environment to its students, ISP also plans various events and celebrations throughout the year. They offer orientations for new students and host families, Labor and Memorial Day picnics, pumpkin carving in the fall, and an annual dodgeball tournament. Arguably the most anticipated event, though, is the Lunar New Year Celebration.

A true staple of the ISP event calendar, the Lunar New Year celebration has been in full swing for three years now, previously planned and run by parents and members of GFS's Asian Student Alliance (ASA). After ASA, ISP, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) joined forces several years ago, the Lunar New Year celebration has been a party to remember.

However, the celebration is not exclusively for international students and members of ASA. In fact, the mission of the event is quite the opposite: educate and connect our entire school community about the Lunar New Year, more commonly known in China as the Spring Festival, through festive celebrations of delicious food, music, games, and arts and crafts. With attendance at 100 the kickoff year, the event has literally doubled over the three years, drawing almost 200 people in 2018.

This year, for the Year of the Pig, ISP is planning yet another celebration full of food and fun. Join them on Saturday, February 9, 6-8 p.m. in the Hargroves Center for a fantastic night!