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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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Wishes for Lunar New Year

The Upper School Asian Student Alliance (ASA), alongside our international students from China and in partnership with the DEI Office, are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The Upper School Asian Student Alliance (ASA), alongside our international students from China and in partnership with the  Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, celebrated the Lunar New Year throughout January and Februar.

In lieu of the annual all-school Lunar New Year Celebration (usually held in person), divisions were busy across campus, preparing to ring in the Year of the Tiger with joy and enthusiasm. Upper School groups distributed traditional red envelopes to students in Early Childhood through sixth grade. Our seventh and eighth-grade students received Lunar New Year stickers created their own Wishing Wall, inspired by the one in Upper School (pictured above). Our Upper School students made their wishes during advisory and assembled lanterns throughout Wade and Hargroves to decorate our community spaces. Students also tuned into a livestream of the Grand Chinese Lunar New Year Gala on January 31. 

The Friends Free Library, in partnership with the DEI Office, also compiled a collection of resources for students in each division. Below, please find links to bitmoji story libraries for children in Early Childhood through fifth grade. Click on the images for links to stories or videos celebrating Lunar New Year. The third link highlights some books in our Young Adult and Main Reading Room collections, and honors the work of authors of Asian descent. This display was created using titles selected by Upper School student Sarah Li ’24, who created an accompanying display in the library. Books may be requested by contacting the library at 215-951-2355.

Early Childhood Lunar New Year 2022 Bitmoji Library
Lower School Lunar New Year 2022 Bitmoji Library
Middle/Upper School Lunar New Year 2022 Bitmoji Library