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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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Second Graders Recreate Long-Ago Lenape Culture

Second Graders Recreate Long-Ago Lenape Culture

Our second grade classes have been immersed in their Long-Ago Lenape Study, in which they dive deeply into the cultural traditions and practices of the indigenous people of this region.

Since the beginning of the school year, our second grade classes have been immersed in their Long-Ago Lenape Study, in which they dive deeply into the cultural traditions and practices of the indigenous people of this region. 

For this study, each class has had frequent discussions, comparing long-ago Lenape life with our own, examining authentic artifacts, and doing daily readings, writing assignments, and craft projects. Examples of their work are on display, including handmade medicine pouches, featuring embroidered simulations of porcupine quillwork, a scale model village, and even a full-sized wigwam.

Yesterday, the second graders left their usual classroom groupings and joined together with other classes as members of the Turtle, Wolf, and Turkey clans. These groups moved from classroom to classroom for storytelling, Lenape games (a "dice" game with bicolor wooden disks and the moccasin game), and a craft project (making wooden necklaces depicting Mee-sing-haw-lee-kun, the guardian spirit of animals and game).

The morning culminated with a festive meal of venison bean stew, sapan (cornmeal mush), and squash fry bread, incorporating the "three sisters" grown in Lenape gardens (corn, beans, and squash). The stew and sapan were well-known to the children who'd heard about them often in the beloved read-aloud book Dickon Among the Lenapes by M.R. Harrington, a mainstay of the GFS Long-Ago Lenape Study. Although not all of the students are typically adventurous eaters, many went back for seconds and even thirds.