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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: Kathy Paulmier

Retirement Tribute: Kathy Paulmier

GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our sixth tribute features Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Engagement.

For 25 years, Kathy Paulmier has been the life-force of both Quakerism and community action at GFS (and longer if you count her years as a student; she graduated in 1979). As our Director of Community Engagement and a longtime resident of Germantown, her steadfast commitment to equity and community involvement in the neighborhood where she lives and works helped the school make important strides forward. Whether teaching Quakerism in the Middle School; leading or serving on countless committees, including Quakerism, Agenda, and the Germantown Project Team; collaborating on projects (establishing the Quaker Voluntary Service program) and self-studies (such as AIM and Quakerism); organizing innumerable grade-wide community outreach days, food and clothing drives, and Martin Luther King Jr. days of service; or encouraging hundreds of students to advocate for and get involved in causes they believe in, Kathy has inspired us with her passion, optimism, energy, and heart. During her tenure, she expanded both our mission-driven community engagement and Quakerism programs in all divisions.

Recalls Jim Barron, recently retired GFS classics and history teacher, who worked closely with Kathy for 16 years, "The Kathy whom I met my first days at GFS is still led by the spirit of spiritual seeking, always open to welcome, instruction, and the Light as it abides in everything and everyone. To know her as a friend is to touch the reality the lies at the core of GFS' greatness: We strive to be what we say we are, we seek the truth and find it in and through each other. Kathy is the model for doing this, and in that she has been a true friend to us all."

Adds former GFS history teacher Marnie Kerr, "I don't know how Kathy single-handedly met and strategized with every school, church, and nonprofit in Germantown to plan community outreach. She is a much beloved member of Germantown, always [collaborating] with community leaders rather than trying to take over ... How did she do it, never losing that focused empathy in every conversation, her enthusiasm, and that great sense of humor. She was the very model of a community worker for me."

We wish Kathy all the best in her exciting next chapter and will miss her warmth, kindness, grace, generosity of spirit, and, most of all, seeing her smiling face on campus.