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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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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Tennis and Lacrosse are FSL Champs!

Tennis and Lacrosse are FSL Champs!

This week, our Varsity Boys Tennis and Varsity Lacrosse teams both clinched the top ranking in the Friends Schools League Championship.

This week, our Varsity Boys Tennis and Varsity Lacrosse teams both clinched the top ranking in the Friends Schools League Championship. For Boys Tennis, this marks the second consecutive championship win. 


Boys Varsity Tennis finished with a 14-0 overall record (9-0 in FSL), including incredibly strong "statement" wins versus The Haverford School and Penn Charter.

Having just played Shipley a week earlier, and won 3-2, it was an important extra layer of victory this week to be able to win by a 4-1 margin playing against Shipley again in the Finals. (See match details below.)

Coach Justin Gilmore is full of praise for this dedicated team. He says, "These players were so focused from day one on the concrete goal of repeating our win of last year's league title, a feat that is never easy in any league or in any sport. We worked hard every single day to achieve that goal."

For Justin, the team's success goes beyond what takes place on the court. "More than the winning of the league title, or winning important individual matches, or any of that, the best aspect for me is watching how these young athletes have each other's backs in the most important ways, on and off the courts. I am confident in saying that no other high school tennis team, in any league, supports each other the way that our guys do! And that to me is the ultimate win."

FSL Boys Varsity Tennis Finals

Germantown Friends School vs Shipley School

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 3:30 p.m., at home

GFS  4

1S: Henry Ruger '20 (GFS) def. Parker Kim (SHIP)
6-1, 6-0

2S: Danny Loder '20 (GFS) def. Samson Sands (SHIP)
6-2, 6-1

3S: Max Homans (SHIP) def. Zak Schneider '18 (GFS)
6-1, 6-2

1D: Tim Peterson '18 / Michael Harrity '19 (GFS) def. Sebastian Fras / Jacob Israeli (SHIP)
6-1, 6-2

2D: Gray Palmer '19 / Aaron Loder '18 (GFS) def. Zach Bradlow / Dill Howard (SHIP)
6-3, 1-6, 6-1

3D (exhibition): Gabe Goldberg '18 / Noah Eisenstein '21 (GFS) def. Aaron Liao / Jared Pearlstein (SHIP)
6-2, 6-4

Order of finishes: 1S, 1D, 3S, 2S (*clinching match), 2D


Varsity Lacrosse defeated Shipley, 9-6, to win the Friends Schools League girls' championship. This marks the team's first league title since 2014.

With a ranking of 9-0 in the FSL and 13-3 overall, victory for this Lacrosse team seems inevitable. But the path to this Championship was hard-fought. 

It was a challenging spring in terms of weather, with the entire first month of practices being indoors in the gyms. The Lacrosse program had the largest freshman class in recent history, with 14 young athletes infusing enthusiasm into our squad. Ninth graders Sarah Beck, Ava Moseley, Naiya Mainigi, Haven Arms, Alyssa Kang all earned varsity playing time and were asked to play multiple positions throughout the season to gain experience. The team traveled to Nevada for spring break training, allowing the team to gel.  With a lot of team bonding, tough competition, and honing skills throughout that week, the team was primed to go after the goal of winning the FSL championship. 

This week, the girls faced Shipley in the Final, and won 9-6, securing the Championship. Corin Grady ‘18 was tremendous in goal, collecting nine saves, two interceptions, and three ground balls. Celia Meyer ‘18, who will be playing for Colgate next year, had eight draw controls, six groundballs, three caused turnovers and one goal. Clare Meyer scored five goals and Celia Meyer another goal with a few minutes left in the game, and defender Lindsey Golden ‘18 scored the final goal to clinch the victory.

FSL Varsity Lacrosse Finals

Germantown Friends School vs Shipley School

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


(halftime GFS 7, SHIP 3)

Celia Meyer ‘18 - 1 goal, 8 dc, 6 gb, 3 cto
Riley Knowles ‘18 - 1 assist, 1 dc, 1 gb
Lindsey Golden ‘18 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 gb
Natalie Harrity ‘19 - 1 assist, 1 gb
Jane MacRae ‘19 - 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 gb
Daisy Lentz ‘19 - 1 gb
Curran McLaughlin ‘20 - 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 dc, 4 gb
Lily Seldin ‘20- 3 gb
Ava Moseley ‘21 - 1 gb
Annie McLaughlin ‘22 - 2 gb
Clare Meyer ‘22 - 4 goals, 1 assist, 2 gb
Corin Grady ‘18 - 9 saves, 2 ct, 3 gb

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