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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 Power of Her Voice: Honoring Women’s History Month Through Stories

For International Women's Day, we spoke with student Diversity Ambassador Maria Ramos '23 and Penka Slavova, Director of the International Student Program (ISP), about Women’s History Month. 

Photo of  land-rights activist Tuaiwa Hautai Kereopa (Eva Rickard)

For International Women's Day (March 8, 2021), we spoke with student Diversity Ambassador Maria Ramos '23 and mentor Penka Slavova, Director of the International Student Program (ISP), about a collaboration between the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the student ambassadors to celebrate Women’s History Month. 

Maria and her peers, Alana Maguire ‘23 and ISP student John Yang '23, spearheaded an effort with Penka and the DEI Office to honor influential women. Each week, they feature local heroes, international women, and nobel-prize winners in art, activism, sports, STEM, politics, and education. 

“We were looking to focus on unknown heroines from different backgrounds, countries, and accomplishments to tell untold stories, dismantling popular myths and adding some real-world facts,” says Penka.

Last week, the group highlighted land-rights activist Tuaiwa Hautai Kereopa, educator and human rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune, poet and feminist trailblazer Audre Lorde, and disability rights activist Judith Heumann. They continue to add a new female biography each day. 

Photo of artist Audre Lorde

Currently in its third year, the Diversity Ambassadors program is the bridge between GFS students and the DEI office. When asked why she joined the group, Maria explained, “I consider myself a feminist and activist. As a Latina woman, I feel as though it’s my responsibility to consider myself as both of those identities. I really wanted to find a way to connect to DEI work at GFS, and the Diversity Ambassadors seemed like the perfect fit.” Maria is also a club leader for Action Through Athletes, which is currently working to bring together a panel of “the next generation of female athletes.”

Photo of activist Ifrah Ahmed

In her research for the project, Maria found that women are bringing stability to government and the state of our world today, but they are not seen or reported on as much in the media. “The voices of women can get lost in history. It’s really important for me to look at empowering female role models,” she says. “Women are underrepresented in a lot of different fields, especially in STEM.”

Penka adds, “I think it’s important to note that women uphold humanity. We want to relate to each other on this very human-to-human level. It’s an important time to get in touch with ourselves. Whether you’re a woman, man, non-binary, or genderqueer, putting human relationships first and leveling that field where we actually hear one another is so important.”

Read the biographies for Women’s History Month.