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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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At Germantown Friends School, we are committed to providing an education that is fresh and relevant. Navigating the past, present, and future, we explore what is new and newly forming, and we are committed to studying, celebrating—and interrogating—the classical, too.  Education at GFS has many dimensions and many faces—we teach and learn under a big tent, animated by the idea that learning is joyous and best undertaken with many different voices involved. 

To participate in GFS involves a search for truth, one that has its origins in Quakerism. A seventh-grader compares the lives of an indentured servant and a slave in the 19th-century, thereby learning foundational truths for this American life. A second-grader investigates a disemboweled computer, delightedly learning for herself how it works. The truth is undertaken when high school students use the devised movement process to help discover and choreograph dance pieces for an adaptation of The Suppliant Maidens. And when students perch on stools in a Wade Science Center lab, exploring chemistry and climate change, molecular and global truths come into view.

Learning at GFS involves all of our ages, all of our areas of study, and our whole community, but it is also deeply individual and as small as the hand of a three-year-old learning to draw the letter "A" right at the beginning of the journey.

Academics at GFS

GFS Middle School Performs Macbeth
GFS Fifth Grade Class Project
GFS Upper School Play Every Brilliant Thing
GFS Upper School Play Every Brilliant Thing

"Students at GFS are fantastic to teach. When you walk into any classroom, you invariably encounter bright-eyed children who want to learn and contribute. In students and teachers alike, you see a palpable joy in being at school together."

—Carol Rawlings Miller, Director of Academic Programs