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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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Learning Guides Support Young Remote Learners

Learning Guides Support Young Remote Learners

Last spring, GFS made a commitment to parents of students in preschool through grade 2 to provide free at-home support in the fall for remote learning. The Learning Guide program was piloted in the summer and has been beneficial to our young students this school year. 

Last spring, as COVID-19 emerged in the Philadelphia area, many parents and caregivers found themselves having to manage both full-time childcare and full-time oversight of their children's education, without the benefit of their regular support systems and the structure of in-person school. Recognizing the challenging position in which many GFS parents found themselves—particularly those with young children—GFS made a commitment to parents of students in preschool through grade 2 to provide free at-home support in the fall for those who chose to learn remotely and in the event that the school transitions to fully remote. The Learning Guide program was piloted in the summer and so far has been very beneficial to our young students this school year. 

Using information collected during a Learning Guide Pilot Program that ran during GFS's virtual summer camps, the Auxiliary Programming team launched the first phase of the program in September, dispatching 20 guides to work in person with students whose families had made the difficult choice to not send them back to campus at the start of the school year. It soon became evident that the students were benefitting immensely from having had the opportunity to work side-by-side with an adult who is not their parent. As one parent described,

"We are thrilled to have Nigel as our James' learning guide. To say it is a life-saving experience is an understatement. James bonded with Nigel so well from week 1. I am constantly impressed by the creativity of games they play together, by the knowledge they share with each other, and by the patience Nigel has to solve any challenges related to remote learning. To see James is so engaged and interested in learning, both from his online cohort/in classroom teachers, and from Nigal, gives us the confidence to continue the stay-at-home arrangement for Nov-Dec." - Parent of second grader James 

Learning Guides and their students, or "Tiger Buddies," have created wonderful bonds over the course of the last three months. Working with students on asynchronous activities, playing games during recess, and keeping children engaged during live Zoom lessons, Learning Guides have helped give GFS students a semblance of the social stimulation, excitement, and structure of "normal" school. 

In the event of a shift to fully remote school, Betsy Neiva, Director of Auxiliary Programs, and her team, organized a comprehensive plan, which included recruiting and hiring 70 potential guides, organizing group learning pods based on age and location, and training participants.  Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 in Philadelphia and in the United States, Betsy and her team are fully prepared for a potential shift to school-wide remote learning with a battalion of over 65 talented, highly motivated and profoundly invested Learning Guides, who will step in and provide much-needed support to parents, teachers, and young students as they navigate an unprecedented moment in their educational careers.

While this novel program has been complex to implement, the school recognizes its immense value, which can be shared, replicated, and adapted for other educational settings in the future. Thanks to Betsy, Stacey Cromley, and Isabel Schmidt '16!