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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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Doing More to be Anti-Racist
Doing More to be Anti-Racist

June 4, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am moved by those who courageously lift their voices—through words and actions—to challenge each of us and our school to take stock of our own complicity in the fact that we still live in a world in which Black people are systematically oppressed, mistreated, and murdered at the hands of the white majority. We can do better, our school can do more, and as the head of our school, I can do more.

In our history and lifetimes, we have experienced a steady drumbeat of killings and injustices—George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper most recently and so many others. We are now witnessing the latest evidence of the toll our collective actions over our history have taken on Black communities as we see the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black people.

I want to state, in no uncertain terms, that Black lives matter; that we are unequivocally an anti-racist community. We are called as a school and a nation to take action. With the full weight of the GFS faculty, staff, and School Committee behind me, I recommit to focusing squarely on recentering equity and anti-racism within the GFS experience, on methodically establishing organizational and curricular frameworks that ensure that all students, faculty, and staff understand the systems of oppression we are part of, the biases that we have within us, and the steps we can take to affect change. We strive to provide an environment where our Black students, faculty, staff, families, and alumni feel affirmed and celebrated.

In the near-term, we will move forward in unity with requests from students and faculty to focus on anti-racist training and equitable teaching practices for our faculty; the continued development and implementation of a formalized African American Studies course for our students; and school-wide programmed days dedicated to education in diversity, equity, and inclusion. In collaboration with academic leaders, a comprehensive plan for these initiatives will be created and shared this summer. We will also share a report from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office about what we have accomplished this year.

To our Black students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, neighbors and friends, we are with you. I am with you. We can and will do better by and for you.

In peace,

Dana Weeks
Head of School


With the input from students, faculty, staff, and alumni, we compiled the following list of resources and ways for us to take action.

Please view a statement shared on Friday, May 29 from Dana Weeks and Dr. Angela Campbell, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, regarding recent acts of racism.