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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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Masks Matter
Masks Matter

GFS students, teachers, and families make and donate cloth masks to a local health center—providing a much-needed community service.

To reduce community-based transmission of COVID-19, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. While this seems like a simple step, access to fitted, washable masks remains a barrier for many.

Germantown Friends School (GFS) students, families, faculty, staff, and friends joined together to support prevention efforts in the community by making and donating cloth face masks to a local health center. Health Center 9, managed by the City of Philadelphia, helps neighbors access care and reduce the spread of COVID-19 through testing and prevention. In addition to providing surgical masks at triage when patients first enter the center, the doctors and staff identified another need—reusable masks to send home with patients to keep the virus from spreading. As of now, GFS has donated 509 cloth masks for patients to take home. 

In addition to providing services related to COVID-19, Health Center 9 continues to offer essential healthcare to all, including the uninsured and underinsured.

“As a full-service clinic that has a pharmacy, lab, gynecology and dental services, people are in the building for multiple reasons on a daily basis,” says Barbara Westerhaus, internal medicine primary care doctor and interim medical director of Health Center 9. “Many patients were entering without a mask and we only had enough to share with the symptomatic patients, even though up to 25% of people may be asymptomatic with COVID-19. We recognized that not all of our patients had access to cloth masks, which are recommended by the CDC, and we wondered what we could do to help solve this problem.”

Westerhaus’ patients face healthcare challenges and disparities regularly. Now, they face even greater risks. “Our patient population tends to have multiple medical problems and is predominantly African American, both facts which make their likelihood of a worse outcome from COVID-19 higher,” she explains. 

Barbara’s husband, Andrew, a music teacher and student advisor at Germantown Friends School, just down the street from the center, heard his wife’s concerns and knew he could call upon his school community to help. GFS student leaders and Director of Community Engagement Kathy Paulmier helped spread the word through email and social media, and shared simple instructions to create masks by hand. Donations immediately started coming in—exceeding the health center’s expectations in just the first week. 

“Our students, employees, and families are constantly asking what they can do to help others, a genuine care for all that has only heightened during this complex time,” says Dana Weeks, Head of School at Germantown Friends School. “I am proud that the GFS community took the time to make and donate masks, and I am also pleased that they educated one another, listened, and learned about the deeper roots of the issues and challenges at play.”

“We now have enough that we give a mask at the door to anyone who needs one,” shares Westerhaus. “My hope is that people will be able to keep using them, wear them to the store, and on the bus. These amazing donations have made everyone who enters the center safer. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated!”