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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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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Novelist Kiley Reid Talks Dialogue, Research, Race, and Privilege with Essentially English Students

Novelist Kiley Reid Talks Dialogue, Research, Race, and Privilege with Essentially English Students

Author Kiley Reid had a virtual visit with Anne Gerbner’s and Meg Cohen Ragas’ First Fiction Essentially English elective.

Anne Gerbner’s and Meg Cohen Ragas’ First Fiction Essentially English elective had an eventful end to their six-week course: New York Times bestselling author Kiley Reid Zoomed in to talk to about writing her literary debut, Such a Fun Age, one of the books the students read for the class. 

Reid shared her love for awkward moments (“there’s something very interesting in the choreography of an awkward moment”) and the magic storytelling number of three, both of which figure prominently in her novel, which was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. She discussed her fascination with memory (”how it operates in real life and on the page”) and her secret to writing good dialogue (“interview people; listening to people is a talent … make sure your dialogue is ‘moving’”). She emphasized that research is crucial to writing good fiction. Students from Adam Hotek’s “The Souls of Black Folk: A Survey of African-American Literature,” June Gondi’s “Let’s Talk: How to Write Dialogue That Crackles and Pops,” Gerbner’s “Story Studio,” and Gerbner’s and Ragas’ “Journalism: Ethics and Activism” classes tuned in for the book talk as well, as did several faculty members and GFS parents enrolled in the courses. 

Reid, who earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in Philadelphia and teaches writing workshops on race and class at Temple University, was warm, thoughtful, and engaging as she discussed the themes of race and privilege at the heart of her critically-acclaimed novel. “I often get asked, Are you writing for black audiences or are you writing for white audiences?” she shared. “I feel like, if there was anyone I wanted to answer to and make this world really come alive to, it’s domestic care workers.”

“I will say that my dream reader loves a little bit of plot with an obsession with human behavior,” she added.