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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 Director of Upper School: Matthew Young

New Director of Upper School: Matthew Young

After an extensive search and conversations with many truly exceptional candidates, we are delighted to extend a warm welcome to our next Director of Upper School, Matthew Young.

After an extensive search and conversations with many truly exceptional candidates, we are delighted to extend a warm welcome to our next Director of Upper School, Matthew Young.

Matthew comes to us from African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he serves as Associate Dean for Learning and Innovation and collaborates with exceptional educators to support the development of the next generation of African leaders. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has been immersed in schools and youth programs as an educator and administrator in the U.S. and abroad for over 30 years. 

Prior to joining ALA, Matthew served as a science educator, division director, and development officer at Hawken School in Cleveland. He has administered and taught elementary, middle, and high school science courses at Laurel and Old Trail schools in Ohio, and the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. He also served as founding Assistant Head of School at NOVA International Schools in Skopje, Macedonia and instructed undergraduate field ecology and animal behavior courses in the East African Serengeti. An educator committed to experiential outdoor programs for children and adults, he has also held leadership roles with residential summer camps in Massachusetts and Ohio. Matthew graduated from Hampshire College with a duel degree in Field Biology and French and earned a Master's in Biology from Binghamton University. He and his wife, Sara Mierke, have three children: Sally (27), Oliver (23) and Cloe (20).

Matthew has demonstrated his ability to design and strengthen program while also attending to the unique characteristics of school culture. He describes the opportunity to support students through robust and meaningful experiences as our "joyful privilege" as educators, and he looks forward to leading this work with GFS's creative, committed faculty.

We thank the members of the search committee and those faculty, staff, students, and parents who participated so thoughtfully in this process.