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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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Kathleen Harte Simone Joins GFS as Athletics Media Manager

Kathleen Harte Simone is the newly appointed GFS Athletics Media Manager, responsible for the Athletics Department’s internal and external communications.


Kathleen Harte Simone is the newly appointed Athletics Media Manager, responsible for the Athletics Department’s internal and external communications, including the Upper and Middle School’s 21 varsity and 65+ teams. Harte Simone draws from her experience in athletic communications and her work at an independent school to oversee the GFS Athletics vision. She will work on the department’s website content and management, social media, live streaming, video production, and email communications. Harte Simone will also communicate GFS’ mission and philosophy to prospective students and by telling stories through the lens of our inspiring student-athletes and coaches. 

“I’m thrilled to be part of the GFS community, where students are challenged to be their best selves and celebrated for their unique talents,” shared Harte Simone. “It was evident from my first meeting that GFS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to providing a safe environment where mutual respect lives, and life-long learning and relationships are embraced.”  

Prior to GFS, Harte Simone was Founder and Managing Editor of, a popular sports website that promotes more than 130 Philadelphia-area high school and college teams, and executes numerous sports education and spirit-building events. Harte Simone also served as the Assistant Director of Athletics at The Baldwin School, where she oversaw sports information content for the school’s Upper and Middle School teams, and assisted with athletic special events, coaching staff, and athletic facilities. She also coached Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Prior to her time at Baldwin, she served as the editor of two magazines--one in the sports arena.

Harte Simone earned her B.A. in journalism from Temple University, where she was a four-year member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, including the NCAA Division I National Championship Lacrosse Team. 

Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark notes, “Kathleen is going to be a difference-maker for our program! Her varied experiences as a writer, administrator, coach and athlete give her a unique lens from which she can tell a vivid story about GFS’ positive team cultures, our standout scholar-athletes, and our creative and intentional coaches. She is committed to telling authentic stories and celebrating student-athletes as people first.”

“GFS is the first independent school in the Philadelphia area with a position that focuses on athletics communications and that speaks volumes,” added Harte Simone. “It’s a testament to the school’s commitment to supporting student-athletes of all abilities; to heightening the energy spurred from the Tigers’ amazing teams, athletes, and coaches; and to sharing GFS’ athletic news for the school community and beyond.”