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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.

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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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20 Picture Books to Teach Gender Diversity and Tolerance
20 Picture Books to Teach Gender Diversity and Tolerance

Each June, Pride Month aims to highlight, uplift, and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community in our country. We asked Early Childhood teacher Michael Roach how he begins to address and teach about gender diversity with even our youngest students, and he offered the following book recommendations and reflections. Thanks for sharing your voice, Michael! Your work goes far beyond your classroom. We will also share book recommendations later this week. 


"Looking around the U.S. and finding parades and marches filled with music and laughter while celebrating Queer identities is a joyous and enriching feeling. However this year in particular, many in our community have been detangling the roots of Pride. Before the happy parades and rainbow flags, there was a history of violence and ostracization. The beautiful thing, however, is that we have the opportunity to create a more inclusive and understanding future for our children. Early Childhood is one of the most important times in a child's life to help them recognize the beauty of each person's and each family's differences. By giving them access to diverse materials, books, and communities, you help your child understand that the world can be a vast and beautiful place. 

Linked below is a list of 20 books that will help your child to recognize that love looks different depending on the person or the family. Also included in this list are several books that help with understanding gender diversity. The list comprises several new books that have been recently released, as well as some classics. Hopefully, you find some new references to help your child continue to grow into an accepting and loving human, encouraged to let their light shine no matter who they are. Happy Pride Month, friends."

20 picture books to help you raise kind, tolerant kids