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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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The Inside Story: First Graders Explore Identity

The Inside Story: First Graders Explore Identity

As part of the social studies curriculum in Zarah Adams's first grade class, her students consider identity, and who we are as individuals. 

As part of the social studies curriculum in Zarah Adams's first grade class, her students consider identity, and who we are as individuals. 

Zarah's students began the year with a project where they devised evocative and beautiful names for their different skin tones, and created "Who Am I?" guessing game self-portraits the included both physical descriptions and details about their favorite activities. 

The investigation into identity spends time on inner and outer personal traits. Zarah explains, "When you meet someone, you can see what they look like, but you don't really know them until you get to the 'inside story.'" To dive deeper into the "inside story," the students made life-size paper representations of themselves that showed their outside appearances on the front, and could be flipped up to reveal their unique personal preferences. 

When we flip up the figures to get to the "inside story," we learn that Mori loves pizza and green beans and wants to visit Iceland, and that Jade wants to be a famous writer and she's good at hula-hooping. 

Zarah's students also shared their name stories, revealing the meaning behind their given names. For example, Shane explained that his name in Chinese is spelled without an "e," and that "shan" means "mountain." His father grew up by mountains, and mountains are symbolic of courage and patience in China, which are characteristics that Shane's parents hoped he would share. We also hear from Caitlin, whose name means "pure one," "clear," or "innocent." 

Finally, Zarah's class also has a goal-oriented project, where students think of things they want to do better, and that they plan to work on over the course of their year in the grade. Phoebe wants to do better at not giving up, Connor wants to do better at writing stories, and Adele wants to do better at making new friends. 

Stop by Zarah's classroom in the Cary Building and admire their thoughtful projects!