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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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Pie in the Sky

Sweet or savory, pie is one of our favorite comfort foods. Perfect for surviving a global pandemic.

Pie is the best. FULL STOP. 

Homemade pie dough is such a lovely thing—and something that has received an unwarranted reputation as really tricky and hard to master. Don't believe that nonsense! It is probably a narrative created by the ad agency hired by Pillsbury in the 1960s. You just have to keep things cold. (And look, if you don't want to make pie dough, don't feel any pressure to; we're all about gently supporting what is best for you here at Bake-Off headquarters.)

Pie is the best because it is so so-so-so-soooo variable! You can make a covered fruit pie or an open custard pie. You can make HAND PIES (the best of the best). You can make a savory pot pie or samosas, empanadas or sfeehas. You can get some phyllo dough and make spanakopita. We'll even allow calzones! Maybe you have the skills to make some amazing jiaozi or gyoza?

The challenge is to make (or acquire) dough, wrap it around a savory or sweet filling, and bake, boil, or fry! 

Here is a recipe for all-butter pie crust  (and one with shortening, if you have/prefer). Remember, photos of submissions should be emailed to Geo Decas O'Donnell at by Monday, May 18!

Happy Baking!

Read more about the previous Bake Off challenges (and see the results!):

Brownies & Bars Week

Biscuit Week Results and Granola Bar Week

Biscuit Week 

Veggie/Fruit Bread Week

Veggie/Fruit Bread Results