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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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Retirement and Staffing Announcements

It is a hard time to say goodbye to our friends who are retiring or moving on. We aren't able to enjoy fellowship in-person right now, but we hope to celebrate and recognize all of our departing faculty and staff.


Over the next two weeks, we will be highlighting each member of our community who is retiring at the end of this school year, including:

  • Jim Barron, longtime history and Classics teacher, Grade 12 advisor, and expert prom manager

  • Ellen Berman, Assistant to the Associate Head of School, warm greeter and guide in the GFS hiring process, and advocate for meaningful professional development

  • Marj Little, Lower School Librarian, beloved storyteller who inspired a love of reading for hundreds of young Tigers and neighbors

  • Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Engagement, pillar of the GFS and Germantown communities, relationship builder, and leader in social justice and mission-driven community engagement work


We are also grateful for the leadership of the following faculty and staff members who will be leaving GFS this year:

  • Christy Reardon, Lower School Division Director

  • John Pax, Maintenance Supervisor

  • Bob Ricketts, Housekeeping Supervisor

Position Changes:

We are pleased to share the following role changes for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Zarah Adams, first grade teacher and champion of educational equity, has been named Director of Community Engagement

  • Deb Brackett, longtime GFS educator, expert scheduler, leader of Quaker education, and school-wide advocate of educating the whole being, will assume the role of Interim Director of Lower School

  • Neeta McCullough will become the Assistant to the Associate Head of School and continue to use her wonderful sense of humor and organizational skills to aid in faculty professional development, hiring, and the operations of the school