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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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Pursuing Your Unique Light with Directed Independent Studies
Pursuing Your Unique Light with Directed Independent Studies

At GFS, our faculty serve as guides and mentors, while connecting, collaborating, and learning together. Our Directed Independent Study (DIS) program in the Upper School provides an opportunity for students to discover and pursue their passions, and get credit for it! With inspiration and oversight from a faculty member, students are able to fulfill major and elective requirements with courses that they design. From foreign languages to training service animals to studying sustainable fashion, GFS lives its mission to celebrate the light in each student.  

Maria della Porta, a junior, has been working year-round on her individualized study of fashion with the help of DIS advisor Natasha Labbé, Head of the Classics department. Natasha and Maria worked to design a year-long program complete with homework, field trips, midterm and final projects, research reports, and more. Maria’s Fashion Journalism DIS is interdisciplinary and thoughtfully designed, while allowing the coursework to be nimble and change as interests diverge or as new current events or news impact the field of fashion. Maria is not only studying how fashion impacts her community, including GFS and Germantown, but is also examining how fashion can impact social justice and sustainability. 

“I am researching designers and their influences and missions, creating a zine about Pyer Moss to tell his story in a unique way, and approaching all of my research with a social justice lens. This has been an incredible experience so far and I am grateful for the guidance of Natasha, who is making this DIS constructive and memorable. She comes up with great ideas to pursue my focus, gives me feedback on my writing, and helps find ways to include art in my study, as that is an important part of me.”

“This course allows Maria to study all different aspects of fashion and learn about it in unconventional ways. She has been incredibly open to ideas and projects. We are both getting a lot out of this exciting exchange of ideas, perspectives, information, and experiences.”

Maria will conclude her DIS in May with an exhibit at the Student Art Show. We will post more about Maria’s project as the year progresses!

Learn more about the Directed Independent Study Program.