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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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New Chief Advancement Officer: Hannah Caldwell Henderson '91

New Chief Advancement Officer: Hannah Caldwell Henderson '91

After an extensive national search, we are pleased to announce that Hannah Caldwell Henderson '91 has accepted the position as Chief Advancement Officer, effective July 1, 2018.  

After an extensive national search, we are pleased to announce that Hannah Caldwell Henderson '91 has accepted the position as Chief Advancement Officer, effective July 1, 2018.  

Hannah has served as our Director of Communications and Marketing for the past three years, and has done an exceptional job. She is a GFS alumna and parent, and a longtime member of our community, growing up in Germantown and attending Germantown Monthly Meeting with her family. 

Her experience in communications and fundraising, coupled with her deep relationships within our extended community, make her a natural fit for this role.

As Director of Communications and Marketing, Hannah has been an important member of the school's leadership team and a key advisor during our strategic visioning process. Under Hannah's leadership, Communications and Marketing has supported the successful launch of the Early Childhood Program in Center City, helped drive growth in overall enrollment, spurred greater participation in summer camp and after-school programming, increased fundraising, and generally deepened connections within our community. 

Before joining the staff at GFS, Hannah spent 11 years at Accion, where she developed and launched their global brand and provided leadership for a successful $30 million capital campaign. Prior to Accion, Hannah worked for six years at national advertising and marketing agencies. She started her career as a Spanish teacher and coach at Kents Hill School in Maine and Dana Hall School in Massachusetts. 

In her new role, Hannah will oversee both Development and Communications, which will come together as the Advancement Department. Her leadership will provide the vision and positivity we need to bring the next phase of our school's journey to life.