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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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  • Care
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GFS Colloquia Remote Learning

During this extraordinarily complex time, it is important to offer students a place for connection and community, familiarity and consistency, discovery and expression, and ways to encourage and embrace their love of learning—whether virtually or in-person!

Our talented, dedicated teachers rose to the challenge and created a thoughtful program that offers full time in-person classes or remote learning for for our Early Childhood through Grade 2 learners. Our Middle and Uppers Schoolers have the option to be on campus 3-4 days per week or fully remote. No matter what families chose, or if we must all pivot to remote, our program is designed to quickly adapt and reflect the depth and breadth of the everyday GFS experience and community. 

Our program, named Colloquia, or “conversations” in Latin, offers:

  • Live classes
  • Recorded video lessons
  • Hands-on, independent projects
  • Group social "outings”
  • PE and physical activity
  • Meeting for Worship
  • Art, music, theatre, special assemblies, and more

Read more about our Reopening Plan.
Read more about our program. 

Colloquia in Action
Browse a variety of remote learning classes by division or subject from spring 2020. Or click here to read about our Summer Colloquia offerings. 


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Ask a funny question! 
Classics Teacher Julie Marren shares how the sixth grade provided thoughtful responses to the question, “Would you rather be a mammal or a bird?” and “Why?” Read their answers.

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