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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 Tribute: Ellen Berman

Retirement Tribute: Ellen Berman

GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our third tribute honors the warm and thoughtful Ellen Berman, assistant to the associate head of school.

Her official title may be assistant to the associate head of school, but Ellen Berman is described by colleagues as all of the following: school greeter, loyal friend, master scheduler, talented writer, sage advisor, keeper of the Faculty Workroom, and advocate for meaningful professional development. Ellen came to GFS just shy of a decade ago, and has generously shared her organizational skills with three administrators over the years. "She is just the most detail-oriented person I've ever met," says Associate Head of School Page Fahrig-Pensde, who will miss her wonderful sense of humor and ability to laugh—even in difficult times. "She is so attentive to every Professional Development or reimbursement request, or hiring inquiry. She has been the face of the school for so many people who have applied to work at GFS. Ellen is also incredibly attentive to the faculty, restocking the Faculty Workroom and fixing an enormous number of copier meltdowns ... She is thoughtful, kind, and incredibly wise, and has been a wonderful friend to many."

Adds former Associate Head Rita Goldman, "Every administrator needs an Ellen. Someone who can anticipate your needs before you even know them. Someone who finds your errors before you make them publicly. Someone with exceptional organizational, technological, and administrative skills; who can produce reports, summaries, and data when asked. Someone who can handle the demands of scheduling multiple meetings, committee assignments, and agendas. Someone who can ascertain what people need almost without asking, who can help calm upset faculty or students who drop by the office. Someone who can give voice to the concerns of staff and can serve on committees that address those issues. Someone without whom you would be lost."

Everyone agrees: Ellen has made GFS a better school. We will miss her—her kindness, thoughtfulness, warm smile, generosity of spirit—immensely.