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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.

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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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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.

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"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.

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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 Coach Nominated for Diversity and Inclusion Award
GFS Coach Nominated for Diversity and Inclusion Award

GFS Lacrosse Goalie Coach Stephanie Hilton has been named a finalist for the WomenTech Network’s 2020 Global Awards. Her nomination is in the category of Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year. As Regional Operations Lead at New Signature, an IT consulting firm, Hilton spearheaded an effort to address inequities affecting women and gender minority employees.

GFS Athletic Director Katie Bergstrom Mark noted, “Coach Hilton embodies the values and best practices that we seek to uphold in our school community. Coaches are important role models in society who positively influence young people and instill in them values and skills which they will use for their entire life. We are so proud of the work that Coach Hilton is doing here at GFS and in the wider world.” A Newenglander who migrated to Roxborough, Hilton began coaching at GFS in 2017 following an impressive career as a collegiate coach. She was also a standout goalie for Bryn Mawr College.

At New Signature, Hilton created a core working group that meets every other week to coordinate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategies on multiple fronts. This grassroots effort to improve working life for everyone in the company is not part of Hilton’s job description; instead it stems from her own conscience and sense of responsibility. The group established mini task forces that have advocated for and succeeded in implementing implicit bias training for all employees, replaced heteronormative language in company practices, promoted discussion panels, and created “meeting etiquette” plans that help to recognize every voice in a meeting. These educational and equity initiatives have helped everyone in her company feel heard, valued and recognized.


One area where Hilton has made lasting headway is with regard to improving the company’s recruiting practices by including at least one female on hiring committees, changing language on job descriptions, and ensuring that there are women candidates for each open role. Hilton notes, “I feel that the most progress has been in the hearts and minds of my fellow employees. Everyone has been a part of these changes and there are always opportunities to do more. The athletic mindset that I have had throughout my lifetime has given me the tools to not just wait for an opportunity to present itself, but rather for me to initiate the changes and run with it. This endeavor isn’t just for me; it makes us all better to be part of a diverse and cohesive team.”

Bergstrom Mark described the impact of Hilton on the GFS athletic program. “Over the past five years, Coach Hilton has added a new dimension to our lacrosse program, giving countless hours and enthusiastically working with our youngest goalies all the way through our elite college-bound goalkeeper standouts. Role modeling for our students in all areas of life is critical to the connection that coaches and students develop over time. The GFS Athletic Director continues, “Coach Hilton is definitely a positive mentor for our athletes both on and off the field! I appreciate that Coach Hilton is so high-achieving in two parallel male-dominated professions; the IT world and coaching. Being so accomplished in every area of her life is what makes Coach Hilton a person that our athletes learn from - not just athletic skills, but how to strive for excellence in your
everyday life!”