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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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Remote Learning Creates Conversations and Community
Remote Learning Creates Conversations and Community

Our remote learning adventure has begun! Named Colloquia ("conversations" in Latin) by our Classics Department faculty, the program is designed for our youngest Early Childhood learners through our graduating seniors. Faculty and staff members assembled a thoughtful remote learning curriculum and creating a new schedule, while our coaches and PE teachers have designed practices and workouts to ensure our students have important physical activity scheduled into their days. There will be shared community and assembly times, as well as Meeting for Worship. Although we anticipate some challenges and technical glitches, we expect exciting and creative, collaborative learning to transpire—and we may even experience some wonderful surprises along the way.

Before we launched Colloquia, we made sure every student had the technology needed for a successful remote learning experience, and provided packets of supplies to ensure everyone could complete class projects and meet course expectations.

The GFS philosophy of education holds true during remote instruction. We encourage all members of this learning community to engage fully in the program, reach out to faculty, staff, and administrators for help and support when needed, and develop their capacities to the greatest extent possible.

We look forward to sharing what our students are up to as the days unfold. For now, please enjoy a glimpse inside some of our faculty and students' remote learning spaces!

Examples of Colloquia, our Remote Learning Platform, in action!

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An image of one of our Center City Early Childhood classes enjoying a morning meeting with teachers Jen Sharpe and Shannon Goerke!

First grader Blake is ready for remote learning!