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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: Linda Fowler

Retirement Tribute: Linda Fowler

GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our fifth tribute highlights the work of Lower School assistant teacher Linda Fowler—known fondly to everyone as "Flower."

Linda Fowler—known fondly to everyone as "Flower"—has brought warmth, humor, and positivity to the GFS community for 29 years. As a Lower School assistant teacher to Carol Corson, Cheryl Pinkus, and, most recently, Hal Morra, she demonstrated curiosity, care, and playfulness in the classroom, whether she was teaching her students how to do the Jitterbug during lunch or donning her crown as the self-appointed "Handwriting Queen." (She was also known for her creative fashion sense and, according to Cheryl, was the first teacher to wear short skirts with patterned tights to school!)

"Flower always wanted to be a student as well as a teacher," says Hal; she assisted him in first grade and then in third grade, when he switched classrooms. "She asked endless questions, especially about our math and social studies work, which pushed us both to dig together for answers and deeper understanding. I will miss Flower terribly. She was my introduction, my guide, and my steady companion throughout our years together."

Flower was a leader among and mentor to other assistant teachers, beyond generous with her time and always there to support colleagues and students. In addition to her skills in the classroom, Flower has many talents: She is an amazing cook, was president of the Rhododendron Society, and is a competitive tennis player.

Recalls Cheryl Pinkus, "Flower could teach anything and take over for me in an instant. 

She has a heart of gold, and has brought humor, warmth and a generous spirit to our little community."

It's hard to imagine Lower School without Flower. We wish her all the best in her retirement!