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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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GFS Quackathon Inspired Thoughtful Technology Solutions

GFS Quackathon Inspired Thoughtful Technology Solutions

Led by GFS juniors Amelia Otto, Marissa Shaffer, and Martina Kiewek, this year’s Hackathon challenged middle and high schoolers to develop programming solutions inspired by the SPICES.

Powerful things can happen when you combine Quaker testimonies with computer science. The 2021 Germantown Friends School Quackathon (our version of a Hackathon) proved just that. 

Led by GFS juniors Amelia Otto, Marissa Shaffer, and Martina Kiewek, this year’s Hackathon, held March 5-6, challenged middle and high schoolers from the Philadelphia area—as well as one team from India—to “Hack the SPICES”: develop programming solutions inspired by simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. In addition to asynchronous time to code in teams, the two-day event welcomed inspiring speakers, including Ari Weinstein ’12, who sold his software company to Apple in 2017, and two female coders who are addressing gender disparity in STEM: Archika Dogra, founder of Innoverge, and Caeley Looney, Founder and Editor of Reinvented Magazine.

Over the two-day event, students collaborated on programs designed to create community and promote peace, including first place winner “Quakerism Discord Bot”—a Python-based bot designed to reduce cyberbullying in text-based forums developed by GFS freshmen Jackson Rodgers and Finn Jamieson. Second place went to “4Ward,” a platform where community members can anonymously express concerns relating to mental health and injustice, developed by GFS sophomores Maria Ramos, Allessandra Fusaro, and Amelia Scott.

Jamieson shared insights into his team’s process. “The day before the Quackathon, Jackson and I brainstormed ideas that could address cyberbullying. With a lot of trial and error, we built a program using Python code that identifies and deletes cyberbullying in text-based forums and replaces the text with kinder, more Quakerly comments.

“It was exciting to work on a project out of our comfort zone and have the flexibility to try new things,” he added. “We are excited to continue to work on this project.”

Student organizer Otto was proud of the event’s success despite the challenging circumstances. “Though our event was virtual due to COVID-19, we were still able to come together, welcome many participants and speakers, and host an inspiring weekend for all. We cannot wait until next year.”

Visit this page to learn about four projects developed during this year’s Quackathon.