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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: Jim Barron

Retirement Tribute: Jim Barron

GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our second tribute celebrates longtime history and Classics teacher Jim Barron.

What can't Jim Barron do? A member of the GFS Classics department since 2004, he has educated hundreds of Latin students, teaching them periphrastics and participles, gerunds and gerundives, infinitives and rhetorical devices. Jim revolutionized the tenth-grade Latin History course, building Latin 3 students' reading skills while teaching them the breadth of Roman history; he read new works every summer in order to enrich the 40-year course's content. A Renaissance man known for his kindness and deep knowledge, he taught Directed Independent Studies in everything from Modern Political Philosophy to French Existentialism, led heady J-Term classes such as "The Early Marx and 20th Century Critical Theory" and a "Classical Guide to Modern Rants," assumed many roles in the Triumphal Parade on Classics Day (where his signature wry humor was on display when the theme was Triumph of Comedy and he wore a sign that said, "I don't get it"), and, as a longtime eleventh grade advisor, organized too many proms to count!

Jim has served on a whole slew of committees, including Agenda, J-Term, Upper School Quakerism, and Quakerism Self-Study, and has done important work in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion; he was part of Intergroup Dialogue, led by former Director of Multicultural Affairs Mirangela Buggs, and entered discussions with an openness and willingness to better understand experiences and perspectives different from his own.


Jim's professional goal for the 2019-20 school year was, "To create the right environment for an equitable expression of the diversity and uniqueness in my classroom," which shows his passionate commitment to honoring the Light within each student.

"Students have great affection for Jim, and he for them," says longtime colleague Julie Marren. "For three or four years now, students have passed down this tradition: beginning class by listing things 'Jim likes,' and getting his take on anything from political and historical movements to current trends to types of milk. After they hear his [thoughts], then class can begin." Adds Classics Department Head Natasha Labbé, "We will miss Jim's humor, his wealth of knowledge— how fascinating it is to listen to him speak on any subject matter with great depth and breadth!—and his charisma and charm."