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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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Student Journalism Awards

Student Journalism Awards

Excellent student journalism at GFS is being noticed! Both our Upper School publication, Earthquake, and our Middle School publication, The Corner, were awarded honors at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association National Conference at Columbia University on March 16, 2018.

Excellent student journalism at GFS is being noticed! Both our Upper School publication, Earthquake, and our Middle School publication, The Corner, were awarded honors at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association National Conference at Columbia University on March 16, 2018.

Sarah Detwiler is a faculty advisor to both publications. She explains, "Our Middle School and Upper School newspapers are both entirely student-run, with students working primarily during their free time to write and edit articles, create original photography and illustrations, and design and manage the news magazine and/or website. This is an important way for students' voices to be heard at GFS, as students decide which topics to cover and how to write about them. Our students are interested in on-campus and off-campus issues affecting teenagers today, and they frequently tackle complex subject material. Our goal as advisors is to support this important work while teaching students their responsibility as good journalists."

Our Middle School student newspaper, The Corner, was honored with a Gold Circle Award for Headline Writing by Columbia University's Scholastic Press Association. 

The Corner is one of three digital publications to receive the honor in this category, out of over 5,000 entries received for digital publications and yearbooks published during the 2016-17 academic year. While The Corner is a middle school publication, it competes against both middle and high school publications in this competition. 

Congratulations to our Middle School writers and editors!

The Corner 2016-17 staff
Asaf Lebovic '21, Editor-in-Chief; Josh Kulak '21, Content Editor; Leah Pothel '21 Managing Editor; Leah Metelits '21, Production & Technical Editor; Max Frank '21, Senior Writer

The Corner 2017-18 staff
Grace Raufer '22, Editor-in-Chief; Dante Billups '22, Managing Editor; Casey Sparks '22, Technical and Production Editor; Otis Harrison '22, Articles Editor

Sarah Detwiler and Laura Jamieson

And in the Upper School arena, Earthquake once again won a Silver Crown Award. Crown Awards are awarded for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison, judged on design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. Earthquake editors were in attendance at the conference. 

Earthquake is one of 14 print news magazines honored, selected from over 1,100 digital, print newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks published during the 2016-17 academic year. 

Judges had these comments:
"Earthquake presents diversified coverage in long- and short-form articles and profiles. Topics run the gamut from a discussion on whether school fences limit interaction with the surrounding community both physically and culturally, to the creation of a gender neutral restroom in the school. Black-and-white photo essays capture the closing of a local piano shop and the Reading Viaduct. The magazine covers its school and the surrounding community with equal attention to detail."

Congratulations to the students who produced this work:

Earthquake June 2017 staff
Cassie Coale, Editor-in-Chief; Thea Applebaum Licht and Will McQuillan, Executive Editors; Sarah Levin, Managing Editor; Hyunji Kim, Multimedia Editor; Wiley Corlett, Articles Editor; Ian Felzer and Madeleine McGrath, Web Editors; and Will McQuillan, Art Director.

Earthquake 2016 staff
Lucy Curtis, Editor-in-Chief; Ethan Addis & Jonathan Plass, Art Directors; Will McQuillan, Web Editor; Cassie Coale; Thea Applebaum Licht and Lila Sternberg-Sher, Assistant Managing Editors. 

Anne Gerbner, Sarah Detwiler, Meg Cohen Ragas. 

Incoming Co-Editors-in-Chief for 2018 are Thea Applebaum Licht and Will McQuillan.

Be sure to pick up our impressive student publications the next time you're at the Front Desk!