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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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MLK Day of Service Update

After careful consideration of the weather-related safety risks for our staff and families, we have decided to cancel the GFS on-campus activities planned for Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. There are still ways you and your family can participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service; see details. 

After careful consideration of the weather-related safety risks for our staff and families, we have decided to cancel the GFS on-campus activities planned for Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We are conscious of the potentially risky commutes many of our staff members, security guards, and food service employees would experience in order to create safe conditions on campus for our planned activities.  

Although we were looking forward to coming together with students, families, friends, and neighbors in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this will surely not be our last opportunity. Learning about civil rights, social justice, and non-violent resolution to conflict are all integral to our school mission. I am proud of the thoughtful courses and student activities that take place year-round. 

While Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement, and Emma Snope, Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow, will be making an effort to reschedule many of the planned activities, there are still ways you and your family can participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in a meaningful way:

  • There is still time to sign up for The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service hosted by Global Citizen at Girard College. GFS volunteers will make flower arrangements and bouquets for homebound or bereaved neighbors in Germantown. If you are interested, please email Felicia Caviezel.
  • Holsey Temple CME Church will host a hot lunch on Tuesday, January 22. They would welcome donations of pies and cakes on Tuesday morning and a J-Term class will deliver them in time for lunch for Germantown neighbors.
  • You can continue to collect and prepare items to support the Parents Association's community-wide clothing, book and toy drive for Cradles to Crayons. From Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25, volunteers will be accepting donations curbside on Coulter Street and in the Pennsbury-Greene lot between 7:45-8:30 a.m.
  • Watch the film, King in the Wilderness, which chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.

Thank you to Amina Loder, Robyn Felzer, Kim Bynum, Kathy Paulmier, Emma Snope, John Pax, Jes Borkosky, and all of the volunteer parents and staff members who planned this meaningful day. I hope everyone has a safe long weekend and time to reflect on the important work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the generations of leaders who have affected positive change in our world.

In peace,

Dana Weeks
Head of School
Germantown Friends School