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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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Three Alums in the Limelight at Sundance

Three Alums in the Limelight at Sundance

Jennifer Fox '77, Nathaniel Kahn '81, and Myles Pettengill '01 brought their talents to this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Jennifer Fox '77, Nathaniel Kahn '81, and Myles Pettengill '01 brought their talents to this year's Sundance Film Festival

Myles Pettengill '01 and Nathaniel Kahn '81 had to go all the way to Sundance to meet each other and discover that they have a lot in common: they're both GFS lifers, and their hearts and careers are both rooted in the film industry. The photo above was taken just after they learned of their shared connections.

Myles was working as a Sundance Portrait Studio photographer, and Nathaniel's latest​ documentary,​ ​​​The Price of Everythingwas nominated in the US Documentary category. The Price of Everything​ ​​​dives deep into the contemporary art world, ​​with unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot international art market​.

Jennifer Fox '77 also received big buzz ​and a nomination for ​The Tale​,​​​ ​​a deeply moving and personal story of sexual assault, which transpired over a summer at a Carolina horse farm.  (See "Jennifer Fox's drama 'The Tale' brings #MeToo to Sundance" in the Los Angeles Times).

HBO just acquired both Jennifer's and Nathaniel's films for domestic distribution, so look out for them on HBO soon. (See "The 22 Films Acquired For U.S. Distribution At The 2018 Sundance Film Festival" in Forbes.)

​Congratulations to these extraordinary alumni ​who continue to share their stories and their craft.