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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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Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education 2019-20 Awards

In its second year, the Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education continues to be a transformative resource and inspiration for GFS, supporting new, creative ideas and approaches to education. We are pleased to announce the 2019-20 awards. 

In its second year, the Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education continues to be a transformative resource and inspiration for GFS, supporting new, creative ideas and approaches to education.

The fund's mission is reflected in the school's strategic vision, which outlines goals for GFS to serve as an incubator for innovation in teaching and learning, providing invaluable educational experiences and catalyzing positive change within the field of education. The fund is already bringing this vision to life. We are excited to share that the Algebra Enrichment Program, the first Maguire-funded project, will continue on as a permanent part of the school's programming, demonstrating GFS' broader commitment to education in our community. GFS is pleased to have this opportunity to engage with talented students from all over the city as they prepare for high school and college studies.

Please take a moment to read about the great work that will be taking place throughout the 2019-20 academic year, thanks to the support of this important endowed fund.

2019-20 Awards include:

Design Lab Working Group

Recipients: John Henderson, Karen Cherubini, Sarah Detwiler, Heather Chu Marvill, Andrea L'Tainen, Eli Scearce, JT Waldman, Andrew Wraith, and Sarah Zwerling

The Design Lab Working Group consists of a team of faculty and staff who determined a need for a safe and inclusive dedicated space for hands-on creative expression through materials and technologies. Once created, the lab will support curricula across many departments, including science, math, art, and theater. Ultimately, the lab will also be used to enhance GFS community partnerships and outreach. In support of the initial phase of this initiative, the Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education will provide professional development focused on leadership and facilitation.

Greenhouse/Outdoor Classroom
Recipients: Susan Robinson, Karen Cherubini, Jeff DeHart, and Tommy Victor '20

The creation of a greenhouse and outdoor classroom will support the science curriculum, particularly Lower and Upper School Biology; science clubs, including gardening and aquaponics; and various student Directed Independent Studies. The lab also has the potential to be used in connection with the GFS food service team and to build community partnerships.

Funding will be used to purchase materials needed for a successful lab, which include a shed, greenhouse, tables, picnic tables, and a covered outdoor planting and multi-use space.

International Theatre Collaboration
Recipient: Jake Miller

Jake Miller identified an exciting opportunity to deepen international knowledge-sharing through theatre. The vision for this collaboration includes the formation of a theatre company featuring students from GFS and St. George's School in Edinburgh, Scotland, one of the GFS Global Studies partners. The goal is to have the company perform at both the Edinburgh and Philadelphia International Fringe Festivals. Funding will support the exploratory phase of this project. Jake will visit Edinburgh to attend the Fringe Festival, and work alongside his theatre counterpart at St. George's to build a framework for this unique learning experience.

Mathematics in Residence
Recipients: Diana Gomez and Sharon Askew
In a second-year pilot, Diana and Sharon will build upon the Mathematics in Residence program, which will launch this summer. Guided by renowned math educator Cathy Fosnot, this program doubles as a teaching lab for local math faculty and an enrichment and remediation opportunity for GFS students and those from neighboring schools. Teachers will receive intensive professional development on-site and sessions will be videotaped for use in Professional Learning Communities. The program structure may be used as a model for similar work in literacy, social studies, art, or music, and can be replicated by other schools. The award will fund research, planning, curriculum development, and marketing.

Peer Writing Advisors
Recipient: Sara Primo
In its second year as a pilot program, Peer Writing Advisors continues to serve two important roles: to encourage the notion that writing is a process, and to teach students how to provide support and feedback respectfully. This accessible program serves as an ongoing resource for grades 6 through 12, with students helping students improve as writers and express their ideas more fully. Funds will support the development and distribution of course packs and books, advertising materials, and a student-led, public writing workshop in the Friends Free Library.

Philadelphia Youth Film Festival
Recipients: Kate Garrity, Sarah Detwiler, and Henry Farnham '20

Led by a group of faculty advisers and student leaders, the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival (PHYFF) continues to grow as a GFS student activity and J-Term course, and as a local, national, and international platform for young filmmakers to advance in their craft. This free event allows any creative student to share their art without the barrier of a program fee, age restriction, or access to high-quality equipment. PHYFF also offers a unique opportunity for students to learn from industry professionals, network with fellow filmmakers, and exhibit their work at a concluding workshop. The Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education support will be combined with sponsorship dollars raised by students to provide a valuable experience for budding high school filmmakers, free of charge. This year, students and faculty leadership will develop a sustainability plan for this important program.