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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: Sue Scirica

Retirement Tribute: Sue Scirica

GFS recognizes the faculty and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Our fourth tribute features Lower School reading specialist, educator, and Admissions team member Sue Scirica.

After four decades of supporting and nurturing students, Sue Scirica has become a fixture at GFS. Colleagues describe her as gracious, loyal, and a font of knowledge: "Sue has the spirit that brought out the best in both students and faculty, who relied on her hard work and the thoughtful effort she put into every endeavor," says Diane Marinoff, Lower School reading and learning specialist, who shared a classroom with Sue for more than 30 years.

Sue came to GFS in 1980 as a reading specialist and educator; while teaching, she returned to graduate school to complete her Phd in psychology. "I came to rely on [Sue's] knowledge of children and her excellent writing skills," says Diane. "Her proofreading skills were known to all, and she helped many teachers refine their reporting."

Throughout her tenure, Sue served on many committees, and was most influential on the Lower School Admissions committee. When she transitioned into a part-time position on the Admissions team, she conducted assessments for students applying to grades 1-5 at GFS. "Sue had a knack for putting children at ease with her calm, good humor," notes Laura Sharpless Myran, director of enrollment management. "She brought her wisdom as a learning specialist and reading teacher, and she was a loyal supporter of the children in her care." Along with her teaching and Admissions responsibilities, Sue managed Greek Day festivities for many years, and became the Interim Vice Principal of Lower School on several occasions.

Sue is grateful for her time at GFS: "Knowing all of the Lower School faculty, way back to the '80s, has been an incredible gift personally and professionally. I have learned so much and have enjoyed many moments of friendship, support, and joy," she says.

We thank Sue for her tireless dedication to GFS over the last 40 years and wish her much happiness and contentment in her retirement!