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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 Actions for Equity
GFS Actions for Equity

To our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and families who are speaking out and telling their stories—courageously reliving trauma in order to make lasting change within GFS and our community—we are truly sorry. We are sorry not only for what you have experienced—inexcusable aggressions and microaggressions—but also that you have had to bring these matters to our attention.

We are called to persist in the discernment and acknowledgment of our collective truth, and to hold ourselves accountable for our shortcomings. The truth is that many of our Black and Brown students have felt marginalized, they have felt tokenized, and these experiences have had a lasting impact. As an educational institution, we have a moral obligation to set the tone, provide a physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe environment that supports and affirms each individual. We can and will do better. While we know we have so much work to do in becoming a truly anti-racist community, we want to start with the acknowledgement and healing that needs to occur within our school. To our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families who are sharing: We hear you. We see you. We value who you are, and we will do better.

As we noted, this movement is a necessary awakening, and we must and will respond in new ways. We intend to be transparent in our efforts. Currently, we are working to create and implement a comprehensive approach to anti-racism at GFS. This plan will include existing initiatives, as well as enhanced programming and professional development, process and structural modifications, and mechanisms for safely reporting and addressing concerns. And the creation of this approach will include greater involvement from all of our constituents, including the School Committee, faculty and staff, students, families, alumni, and the community.

Listening and engagement will be an ongoing part of the process for healing and change. We also know that we must listen with intention and truly hear members of our community. Details are forthcoming on the planning of a series of community conversations. All will be invited to speak and share during these open gatherings.

 

Sincerely, 

Dana Weeks
Head of School

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Please view a letter from Dana Weeks and Sam Rhoads, Clerk of the GFS School Committee from June 21, 2020.