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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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Sophomores Maria Ramos and Sarah Levy Organize Collaborative Campaign for Justice through Athletics
Sophomores Maria Ramos and Sarah Levy Organize Collaborative Campaign for Justice through Athletics

The recent murders and racist crimes against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooperand many others, paired with a global pandemic that further illustrated health inequities, served as an awakening and inspired many to think about what they can do to advance change. With no hesitation, we saw many of our students join together to help others and raise awareness, including rising sophomores Maria Ramos and Sarah Levy. With a shared love of crew and sports, and inspiration from athletes on social media who were designing and implementing advocacy campaigns, Maria and Sarah knew they could use the camaraderie of GFS teams to advocate for justice - at GFS, within Philadelphia, and throughout the country. And so they developed Action Through Athletes (ATA).

ATA, which will begin as a fall club in just a few short weeks, is committed to bringing awareness to difficult and wide-ranging injustices in our world through athletics, striving to create a brighter future through education, fundraising, and advocacy of underrepresented groups and important issues. ATA believes that because of Germantown Friends' Quaker roots, we are called to action and believe that dynamic teamwork is a unique channel for change. 

"We have a responsibility to stand in solidarity with our Black community members and use athletic platforms to further commit to combating issues of racial injustice and inequality," shared Maria and Sarah. 

In partnership with team captains and players, as well as the Athletics and Advancement departments, Sarah and Maria developed their first project as part of ATA: a summer fundraiser and awareness campaign. Student-athletes were asked to workout in any way they could (erging, running, weight and conditioning, etc.), track their progress, and look for sponsors, with 100% of the proceeds of ATA supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming at GFS. While their first fundraiser is almost complete (the deadline has been extended to August 31), there will be ongoing education, awareness, and further fundraising challenges. 

This is just the beginning for Action through Athletes. Maria and Sarah are looking to partner with outside organizations and the Friends Schools League, organize and hold drives, create a series of campaigns, and work with other internal groups to strategize change and action. To donate, visit and stay tuned for more information about this campaign.