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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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Student Journalists Win Accolades
Student Journalists Win Accolades

The GFS Upper School news magazine Earthquake recently won a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award (CSPA) for overall excellence. The award is the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium; publications are judged on their excellence in design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. Congratulations to current editors Isabel Mehta '20 and Ava Sinai '20, last year's editors Thea Applebaum Licht '19 and Will McQuillan '19, and faculty advisors Anne Gerbner, Sarah Kappe, and Meg Cohen.

In addition, nine GFS students (in Upper and Middle School) won individual honors in the CSPA 2019 Gold Circle Awards. Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists. Six GFS Upper School students won for their work on Earthquake, and three Middle School students won awards for digital journalism for their work on the Middle School's online publication, The Corner

Student Award Winners:

  • Last year's Editors-in-Chief, Thea Applebaum Licht '19 and Will McQuillan '19, won three Gold Circle awards for their editorial work. Will also won a Design Portfolio award and Thea won a prize for her computer-generated illustration for the article, "Championing Cheesesteaks."
  • Writer Raia Stern '19 won second place for an interview with Ana Maria Archila.
  • Writer Sarah Miller '20 won third place for her article, "Mirroring National Trend, GFS Emphasises Stem Education."
  • Joshua Mathews '24 and Jasper Mosley '24 shared two awards for their podcasts: "Friend Groups at GFS," and "Do People Like Pop Music?."  
  • Peter Ilyin '24 won recognition for his illustration about "Russia: How Does it Impact Us?" 

Congratulations to Earthquake, The Corner, and their faculty advisors!