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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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GFS Vaccine Requirement

Please see the following message from Head of School Dana Weeks about the school's vaccine requirement.

August 2, 2021

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your commitment to the safety of our community and the education of our children—your dedication is in large part why we were able to keep our students in school last year. Today, we are announcing that Germantown Friends School will require that all faculty, staff (including contracted staff), and eligible students receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As mentioned during the July planning meeting, we have been exploring this option and gathering insight from other schools, universities, and employers who have implemented this requirement.

With the support of the Medical Advisory Board, we are making this important decision now, recognizing the new challenges related to the virus—the Delta variant’s high transmissibility, increasing rate of infection in Philadelphia, and capacity to create severe illness in unvaccinated individuals. In addition to the strong safety and efficacy data and global experience related to available vaccines, we know that the majority of COVID-19 infections and nearly all cases of severe disease and hospitalization in the community are in unvaccinated persons. And we know that if eligible individuals get the COVID-19 vaccine, we will do our part in preventing the development of future, potentially even more contagious variants, if the virus continues to spread.

Understanding the great importance of on-campus learning and that being together is critical for the physical and emotional health of our children, we must do what we can to keep our students in school every day and our faculty, staff, and families healthy. Masking and getting the COVID-19 vaccine—accompanied by other important risk mitigation steps—will ensure that we are doing all we can to combat COVID-19.

The Germantown Friends School COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is linked here. [faculty, staff, and families, please see email for additional details and links to submit information].

  • Faculty, staff, and eligible students should begin the COVID-19 vaccination series before the first day of school on September 8 and will have until October 4, 2021 to become fully vaccinated and submit their information, or to apply for an exemption. Students who become eligible by turning 12 over the course of the year have six weeks to complete the two vaccinations and submit documentation. 
  • Our decision to require vaccination does not apply to students aged 11 and under at this time. We will examine the relevant information related to the vaccination of our younger students after the vaccine is available.
  • We will continue to follow the changes in masking guidelines and will share more information as it becomes available. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health shared updated guidance last week, which can be found here.

We are grateful for your partnership and understanding. Requiring the vaccine is a critical step in protecting our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors, and keeping school in session. We will continue to communicate with updates on all of our COVID-19 policies and plans, as well as other key information about our fall planning. The date of our next summer all-school Zoom meeting will be announced later this week.

I cannot wait to see your students on campus soon!

In friendship,
Dana Weeks
Head of School

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