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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: Marj Little

Retirement Tribute: Marj Little

GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our first tribute highlights beloved Lower School Librarian Marj Little.

Although Marj Little's affiliation with Friends Free Library began in 2007, her ties to Germantown Friends School can likely be traced back to her marriage to GFS alumnus Dick Dupuis '75. Her connection was further solidified when their daughter Lilly '17 attended GFS, and Marj served in many volunteer capacities during that time. 

Marj first joined the staff of Friends Free Library in January of 2007 as a long-term substitute Lower School Librarian. She returned to the role part-time in September 2010, and in September 2012, she took over as the full-time Lower School Librarian, a role she has served in for the past eight years. During that time, Marj has cultivated and cared for the children's literature collection, designing a curriculum that encourages both a love of reading and an understanding of beginning research skills. She has been actively involved in Social Justice work in the Lower School and recently served as co-facilitator of intragroup dialogues, which were part of the larger fifth-grade, anti-bias curriculum piloted this school year.

"Marj is one of those gifted librarians who can place just the right book in just the right hands, no matter the age of the reader," says Friends Free Library Director Kate Garrity.  "She cares deeply for this community and for this library, and while we'll miss her very much, we're excited for her to begin this 'next chapter' of her life!"