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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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Join the GFS Virtual Art Show

Join the GFS Virtual Art Show

The art department invites the GFS community to participate in the 2020 Art Show.

Drawing by Luna Hamrahi '20

The art department invites the GFS community to participate in the 2020 Art Show by making artwork and a short written statement responding to the following prompt.

Visually respond to the idea that we look out of windows in order to look within and that art represents the linking or the connection of all people. We invite you to make an artwork (draw, paint, build, film...) of what you see out of your window and show us what it feels like to be in this month of this year in this city.

*See the guidelines for submission and inspiration below.

Submission details:

1. Submissions due on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

2. Your 2020 Art Show submission needs to include two things: 
- A photo of a work of art that responds to the prompt.
- A short statement about what you see when you look out of your window and your neighborhood and city/town. Here is a slideshow for suggestions on process and some images for inspiration.

3. Photographing your work can be done with your phone. Please follow all of the advice below. The documenting of your work will be a very important part of the success of this virtual art show. Here is a how-to video that explains how to take a good photo of your work, featuring our very own Sarah Zwerling.

Important reminders for photographing your work:
- Photograph on a flat surface with indirect light.
- Be patient and try multiple shots before picking the very best image.
- Email your image at actual size
- If your artwork is on thin paper(translucent) and your wall or floor is dark you might want to put a white piece of paper or white piece of fabric down under your piece to brighten your artwork.
- If you need more light on your artwork you may need to try more advanced techniques such as a white card that allows window light to bounce from the card onto your image. Photo tips with image examples.

4. When your project is completed please submit the following via email:

- A well-taken photo of your work
- A short statement (2 -3 sentences) about what you see out of your window
- Note your neighborhood and city

Send to: Megan Culp at with Art Show 2020 in the subject line.

Submissions due by Tuesday, May 26.