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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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Spring Community Writers Series: A Special Afternoon with Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathy Van Cleve

Spring Community Writers Series: A Special Afternoon with Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathy Van Cleve

Erica Armstrong Dunbar '90 and Kathy Van Cleve (both current GFS parents) spoke about the recent book they co-authored for middle grade readers.

Germantown Friends School and Friends Free Library presented our Spring Community Writers Series event: A Special Afternoon with Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathy Van Cleve.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar '90 and Kathy Van Cleve (both current GFS parents) spoke about the recent book they co-authored for middle grade readers: Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar '90 is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her second book, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (37Ink/Atria) was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and a winner of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. The young readers' version of Never Caught (Aladdin/Simon and Schuster) was published in January 2019.

Dunbar's op-eds in news outlets such as the New York Times, The Nation, TIME, Essence, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, her commentary in media outlets like CNN and the LA Times, and her appearances in documentaries such as "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment" and "The Abolitionists," an American Experience production on PBS, place her historical expertise in high demand.

Kathy Van Cleve is a Senior Lecturer in creative writing and film and media studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also working with novelist Wesley Stace on a film adaptation of his novel Charles Jessold: Considered as a Murderer and her own young adult book series, Hurricane Ike. Her middle grade novel, Drizzle, received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books, and won the Pennsylvania state students' choice award for best middle grade novel.

For many years, she was the creative partner of actor and writer John Leguizamo, during which time she produced the films Joe the King, (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival), Pinero, (a Miramax release starring Benjamin Bratt), and Undefeated (an HBO film starring Leguizamo), as well as worked with Steven Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election, Downsizing) and Frank Pugliese (showrunner, House of Cards).

Her other novels are Cranberry Queen (optioned by Miramax Films) and The Difference Between You and Me