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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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Middle School Leadership Announcement

Middle School Leadership Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that David Kern has been named Interim Director of Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year. David is an educational leader who is very familiar with Friends education and with Germantown Friends School, in particular.

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce that David Kern has been named Interim Director of Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year. David is an educational leader who is very familiar with Friends education and with Germantown Friends School, in particular.

David was the founding head of the Middle School at GFS. As such, he set the tone and vision for the division with faculty and staff, drawing upon his experience of child development and social justice work. He left GFS to found the Friends School of Charlotte and then returned to Philadelphia as the Head of the Lower School at William Penn Charter. Most recently, David has served as Interim Head of School at Plymouth Meeting Friends School. 

David is married to Karen Vaccaro and they are parents of GFS alum, Derek Kern '12. Karen and David have been involved with the Bududa Learning Center (BLC) since 2003. This is a vocational school and children's program in Bududa, Uganda. David has also served on the board of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia.

In addition to David's impressive experience in the field of education, David brings a wealth of experience as a counseling psychologist, a school administrator, and a global educator. David draws upon his educational background at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University in his work with faculty, students, and parents. We know that he will expertly lead the division next year as we complete a search for our next Director of Middle School.

Please join me in welcoming David (back) to our community for the coming academic year!


Dana Weeks
Head of School