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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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Parents Association Leads Volunteer Event at Cradles to Crayons on Giving Tuesday

Parents Association Leads Volunteer Event at Cradles to Crayons on Giving Tuesday

This year on Giving Tuesday, GFS' Parents Association sponsored a holiday volunteer opportunity.

Giving Tuesday has become a wonderful opportunity for individuals to come together in support of change and hope, with thousands of individuals are contributing to fundraisers, donating goods, or volunteering their time to help others. This year on Giving Tuesday, Germantown Friends School's (GFS) Parents Association (PA) sponsored a holiday volunteer opportunity at Cradles to Crayons, an organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.

Thirty-five parents, faculty, and staff joined together to sort through winter coat donations for children. Parents and colleagues from all divisions checked for garment quality and sorted clothing and coats into bins categorized by age. Their efforts resulted in the creation of 800 clothing bags, which will be delivered this week.

"It was so nice to see parents, faculty and staff come together to support such an important organization in our local community," said PA Chair Nancy Katz. "The overwhelming feedback told us that we need to do more community engagement events."

Parents Molly Murphy (mom of Hugh '23 and Claire '25 Rigdon) and Mark O'Donnell (dad of Alexandra and Kylie '21 Delaplane) were immensely helpful in the organization of this event. A special thank you to faculty and staff members Meg Cohen Ragas, Kathy Paulmier, Felicia Caviezel, Taia Harlos, and Jeff Fetterman for their support.

"The new Cradles to Crayons warehouse is amazing!" noted GFS Director of Community Involvement Kathy Paulmier. "I was really impressed and inspired by the whole operation, the three-level sorting system, the care they give to each item, and the tender emphasis on what children need today. Nancy and her team organized a terrific evening, and we had a great turn out. I hope it's the beginning of a new GFS tradition!"

Leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you can prepare items to support the Parents Association's community-wide clothing, book, and toy drive for Cradles to Crayons. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming drive, as well as details on another community service event coming this spring!