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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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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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Poley Fest Showcases Student Playwrights Past and Present 

Poley Fest Showcases Student Playwrights Past and Present 

In addition to our talented student writers, actors, and directors, this year's Poley Fest featured Julie Rottenberg '88, known for producing hit shows "Sex and the City," "Smash," and "Odd Mom Out," and, most recently, "Divorce," on HBO. Poley Fest runs from 5/15-5/19.

When: Tuesday, May 15, through Saturday, May 19; all evening performances at 7:30 p.m.

Poley Festival, named after Irvin C. Poley, an alumnus and teacher who introduced the importance of drama and theater to a Quaker education, gives student playwrights the opportunity to showcase their original works and allows them to explore writing, directing, and acting. 

This year's Poley Fest features Julie Rottenberg '88, known for writing and producing hit shows Sex and the City, Smash, and Odd Mom Out, and, most recently, Divorce, on HBO. 

On Wednesday, May 16, Julie will return to the school and the festival that helped her discover a passion for drama and writing to speak to students about her career and early inspirations. All are invited to attend this assembly, which will take place in the Loeb Performing Arts Center at 10:20 a.m.

Schedule of Performances

Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Yarnall Auditorium

Ninth Grade Staged Readings

The Poley Festival opens with a series of staged readings by the students in the ninth grade drama class, Acting Fundamentals. These original works, written and directed by the students, address some of what students are thinking about most—from what it means to be an international student at GFS to local, and even global, politics. 
Ninth grade company members include: Cella Reser, Daniel Liu, Dhmyni Samuels, Josh Kulak, Jay Nasser, Madison Wells-McFee, Maria della Porta, Nicole Li, Reni Wyant, Rich Soong, Ruby Simpson, Snow Li, Spencer Kamens, and Sydney Casey-Willig

Wednesday, May 16, 10:20 a.m.
Loeb Performing Arts Center

Drama Assembly Featuring Julie Rottenberg '88

Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
Yarnall Auditorium

Scene from Brendan Dahl's play Voiceless
Walden Green '20, Josh Zeelander '20, Sophie Borgenicht '20, Caroline Burnham '20, Michael Harrity '19, Alexander Blaylock '18, Aaron Loder '18, Claire Partridge '19, Claire Weiss '19, directed by Brendan Dahl '20

Writing!, written by Chandra Spaeth '94
Michael Harrity '19, Claire Partridge '19, Claire Weiss '19, Aaron Loder '18

The King, written by Kate MacDuffie '05
Julian Gottfried '20, Walden Green '20, and Josh Zeelander '20

Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Yarnall Auditorium

Julie Rottenberg's play, La Fin D'Ete
Lila Kushner '18, Jackson Craig '19
Anna Karenina, adaptation written and performed by Anna Collins '18, Sarah Safford '18, Sarah DeFrancisco '18
Stories written by Sekou Hamer
Michael Harrity '19, Aaron Loder '18, Sekou Hamer '19

Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Yarnall Auditorium

Julie Rottenberg's play, La Fin D'Ete 
Lila Kushner '18, Jackson Craig '19

Apartment #339, monologue, Kate Kearns '19

Lost, monologue, Alexander Blaylock '18

Dylan White's Universally Speaking, Simon Rabinowitz '18 (video)

Booty Call, written by James Low '05 and performed by Matt Overholser '18, Kate Kearns '19, and Graham Arms '18

SNL at GFS, satirical, anchor news show hosted by Simon Rabinowitz '18 and friends.