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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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Reflections on the Tragedy in Pittsburgh

The tragic violence that occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday has left our community—and our nation—devastated. We hold the victims, their families and friends, and the generations of Jewish families in our GFS community in the Light.

Dear Friends,

The tragic violence that occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday has left our community—and our nation—devastated. We hold the victims, their families and friends, and the generations of Jewish families in our GFS community in the Light. Hate shakes the very core of our foundation, built on the Quaker principles of peace, equality, and integrity. No one should have to endure such hatred.

It is in times like these that we must pull together in solidarity and denounce the vitriol that has seized our country, both in Pittsburgh this past weekend and through many other recent acts of violence. Our Quaker mission teaches us to resolve conflict peacefully, to honor and embrace one another's differences, to seek truth before action. Our children's future is reliant on finding a better, more peaceful way to live harmoniously, regardless of our different beliefs and forms of worship. 

Our Meetinghouse was open this morning from 10-10:30 a.m. for members of our community to find solace with one another, reflect, and honor the lives that were lost. We will reopen it this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.; all are welcome.
 
In peace,
 
Dana Weeks
Head of School