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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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Ryan Lewis ’21 Honored with Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Congratulations to senior Ryan Lewis for being honored with a Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Ryan received this distinguished award for advancing racial equity in the GFS community by designing a seminal reading program that engages students in meaningful dialogue and deepens their understanding of diverse cultures. Ryan’s honor also recognizes her leadership role in SISTAHS and her collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to make GFS’ African American history course required within the Upper School curriculum. Her influence on GFS is felt on campus today and will be realized for many years to come. 

In January 2020, Ryan joined a group of GFS students in Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in an immersion course at  African Leadership Academy. Accompanied by History teacher Jamie Tomczak, Ryan found the Academy’s seminal reading program greatly influential on her learning experience and helped her build relationships with other participants. Topics ranged from social justice to women’s rights, othering, and religion, allowing individuals from both GFS and more than 30 countries across the African continent to share their perspectives and reflections during group discussions.

Upon returning to GFS, Ryan spearheaded an initiative to use a seminal reading model to advance equity and inclusion discussions in the Upper School and advocated for time allotted in the school week for this effort. Working closely with Jamie, Ryan designed pilot lessons for the eleventh grade advisory groups, identifying text readings and videos and developing discussion prompts. She also trained advisors on facilitating the groups. 

This year, Ryan has continued to expand her design of a seminal reading program through her Directed Independent Study, with Jamie as her faculty adviser. She continued to develop timely and relevant lessons for the eleventh grade and worked with the English Department and administration to formalize plans to expand the program to other grades next year. To continue the momentum and ensure the program’s future success, Ryan also recruited students to build upon the effort next year, as Ryan will enter Drexel University this fall. 

“Ryan is a true leader. She worked hard, with thoughtfulness and strategy, to create a meaningful program, sharing this important learning experience with others here at GFS,” shared Jamie. 

Ryan will be honored virtually on June 13 at 2 p.m. To learn more about the awards program, please visit https://pprize.princeton.edu.

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