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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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Condemning Anti-Asian and Anti-Asian American Attacks

Condemning Anti-Asian and Anti-Asian American Attacks

Please join us in welcoming to Faith Carter as the Administrative Coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at GFS!

Condemning Anti-Asian and Anti-Asian American Attacks

We write today to express a collective condemnation of Anti-Asian and Anti-Asian American attacks throughout the world, the United States, and within the City of Philadelphia. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stop AAPI Hate and Asian Americans Advancing Justice have collectively reported more than 3,000 cases of anti-Asian incidents. Many of these incidents have targeted the elderly, including the senseless murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee.

The horrid violence and rhetoric—ignited by false claims about COVID-19 shared by those in positions of power—is ignorant, unacceptable, and must end. Please join us in supporting our Asian and Asian American classmates and their families, faculty and staff, and neighbors who are experiencing fear, assaults, and trauma.

How do we do this?

• Educate: Read about these attacks and America’s long history of anti-Asian racism and share information with your friends and family to raise awareness.

• Listen: If a friend or neighbor wants to share their story, listen and learn.

• Speak Up: When you hear someone making a racist remark, speak up about it. If you witness hate crimes or other attacks, consider reporting it if the victim agrees. If you are in a position of power or privilege, use it to support Asian and Asian American individuals and help them feel safe.

• Support Asian-owned Businesses: While many businesses have suffered this past year, racism and xenophobia have added another layer of distress to Asian-owned restaurants and stores.

Below you will find just a few articles and resources about recent Anti-Asian and Anti-Asian American attacks. As well, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office is partnering with our students, divisional DEI Committees, and other departments across the school to implement additional educational programming and opportunities to support our Asian and Asian American students.

• Al Dia: Philly restaurant removes anti-Asian menu item, but the damage remains

• Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Resources to stand against racism

• Asian Mental Health Collective: Mental Health Resources for people of Asian descent

• NY Times: Assault on Vicha Ratanapakdee

• NY Times: Hate Crimes against Asian Americans soaring in New York

• Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Statement

• This is a website that is run by Asian Americans Advancing Justice for the purpose of documenting anti-Asian incidents.

• Stop AAPI Hate: Website where you can report anti-Asian hate crimes

We raise our voice as an institution that is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to support members of Asian American communities in our school and across our nation. Thank you for your partnership.

In Friendship,

Dana Weeks
Head of School

Sarah McMenamin, Ed.D.
Director of Early Childhood

Debra Brackett
Interim Director of Lower School

Keino Terrell
Director of Middle School

Matthew Young
Director of Upper School

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff

Angela N. Campbell, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Andrew Lee
Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Faith Carter
Administrative Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Divisional DEI Committee Clerks

Michael Roach
Early Childhood DEI Clerk

Duane Michelle Sims
Lower School DEI Clerk

Jared Wood
Middle School DEI Clerk

June Gondi
Upper School DEI Clerk