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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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Putting Unity Back Into Community

Students, faculty, staff, parents and caregivers, and community members came together recognize Unity Week, a special celebration that brings all divisions together around discussions, activities, and workshops. Over the past two years, our community has managed to withstand the impact of COVID-19, keeping safety and education at the forefront, and finding meaningful ways to be together. Our community has also joined the national dialogue on racism and justice, and identified ways the GFS community can continue to improve, with goals set forth in our Actions for Equity plan. Moving toward a more equitable space requires the energy of all. Leaning into our Quaker testimony of community, the whole school participated in the week's events, which culminated in a special Unity Day on Friday, April 29.

The Early Childhood division spent the week examining the query, "how does food bring us together?" Activities for the week will included a t-shirt tie-dye project, a community book reading, "Smoothie Tuesday," a dance party, and a special visit from Early Childhood Center City friends on Wednesday. The Lower School discussed how music brings us together with a number of activities, including a flash mob, a family padlet of favorite songs, and a fourth-grade play. Middle School students worked on a silhouette art project and attended an assembly with speaker and trainer Pippi Kessler on Wednesday. Upper School students were fully immersed in a day of activities on Friday, beginning with a Meet & Greet with assembly speaker and author Kyle Lukoff, sponsored by the LGBTQ Parents and Friends Association. The day included workshops, games sponsored by the Diversity Ambassadors, Meeting for Worship, snacks, Unity Day swag, and more. Trainer and activist Rodney Glasgow lead the closing keynote.

Speaker and diversity trainer Rosetta Lee also joined us for a Virtual Lunchtime Chat. She discussed a number of topics, with an emphasis on "Creating an Inclusive Community."

Thank you to Charla Okewole, Faith Carter, and Andrew Lee; our Diversity Ambassadors and DEI Clerks; our Unity Week speakers; the Alumni of Color Association, the LGBTQ Parents and Friends Association, and the PA; the Mazzoni Center, The SPOT Period, Face to Face Germantown, and all of our community partners; and our families, faculty, staff, students, and everyone who organized and participated in this week's presentations, conversations, and celebrations.

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