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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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Holiday Food Drives Support Germantown Residents
Holiday Food Drives Support Germantown Residents

Each year, GFS hosts a number of local holiday food drives, practicing the Quaker tenets of stewardship and community. Divisions partner with local nonprofit organizations, including the Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Covenant House Pennsylvania, St. Luke's Church, and Whosoever Gospel Mission. This season, the annual Halloween candy drive, led by the Community Action Club, collected six bins of candy for donation to several of these organizations!

In addition to supporting the drives, you can help deliver non-perishable food items to families this holiday season. See below for volunteer and donation requests and please consider supporting more than one! You may contact Kathy Paulmier at with any questions.

Upcoming Food Drives:

All School Turkey Drive for Holsey Temple CME Church
Through Monday, November 25
Early Childhood is leading the annual all-school Turkey Drive fundraiser, in partnership with Holsey Temple, to provide turkeys to families in need. Donations can be made in cash or check; please make checks out to GFS with "Turkey Drive" in the memo line. There are jars outside of each classroom and around both Main and Center City campuses in which to place donations. If you have questions or would like more information, please ask any of the Early Childhood classroom teachers.

Lower School Food Drive for St. Luke's Church Food Pantry
Through Monday, November 25, 10 a.m., Cary Building Lobby
The Lower School is collecting nutritious, non-perishable food items for the St. Luke's Church food pantry. Items may include (but are not limited to) hot and cold breakfast cereals, shelf-stable milk, soups, stews, peanut butter and jelly, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, and items used to make a Thanksgiving meal. No glass jars, please. Please bring all donations to the Cary Building lobby by Monday, November 25. For more information, please contact Zarah Adams at

Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive for Holsey Temple CME Church
Through Monday, November 25, 8:15 a.m., Middle School Advisory Classrooms
Middle School advisory classrooms are collecting non-perishable food items for families in Germantown. Suggested items include stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, canned fruits and vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, breakfast cereals, soups, stews, pasta and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and tea. Donation items will be delivered to the church on November 25 and families will pick up the food (with Thanksgiving turkeys) on November 26. For more information, please contact Susan Robinson at

Upper School Thanksgiving Food Drive for Holsey Temple CME Church
Through Monday, November 25, Main Building Front Hall
Sponsored by the Upper School Community Action Club, grades 9 through 12 are collecting for non-perishable food items for families in Germantown. This is a friendly competition to see which grade can bring in the highest number of food items. Suggested food items include stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauce, soups, stews, coffee and tea. Collection boxes are located in the Front Hall of the Main Building behind the Senior table. The competition ends at 11 a.m. on November 25. Please donate what you can!