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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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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Reimagining Our Nation Through the Power of Change

Reimagining Our Nation Through the Power of Change

LaTosha Brown, award-winning organizer, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and jazz singer, spoke to Middle and Upper School students about the role of women and people of color in politics, and how young people can influence change and encourage voting. 

"Vote for me until I can." LaTosha Brown, award-winning organizer, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and jazz singer, spoke to Middle and Upper School students about the role of women and people of color in politics, and how young people can influence change and encourage voting. Brown was a very timely speaker for this year's Mercer Tate '48 Lecture for Public Service.

Reflections about the radical reimagining of our nation inspired students to question how to create change, even when they are too young to vote. Brown shared many ideas for youth engagement: joining youth-led organizations; talking to adults about issues impacting young people and their communities; continuing dialogues about democracy in school and with friends; getting others to engage by listening to them; thinking creatively and with bold vision; partnering and collaborating; and embracing their power to change everything. "You are never too young to organize," she said.

Between powerful reflections, Brown shared her beautiful singing voice with the group, performing verses from "This Little Light of Mine," a gospel song associated with freedom and the Civil Rights Movement. In response to a question from Anna Pendse '25 about the connection between music and advocacy, Brown noted, "Music is an organizing tool. It connects human beings and taps into humanity and our collective power."

She gave attendees much to think about, particularly at this moment in time. "Close your eyes, what would America look like without racism? It is very hard; racism is such a part of the fabric of our country. What would America look like if she was a true democracy? What would you want the nation to look like?" 

"Even when I'm tired, even when I'm frustrated, I center myself in this concept that I absolutely love humanity. That is my inspiration." 

Thank you to our student panelists Sona Wink '21, India Valdivia '21, Faruq Adger '21, Martina Kiewek '22, Ryan Lewis '21, Olivia Fisher '25, Lani Okewole '25, Rachel Cornejo '27 who led our discussion today.