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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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GFS Programs

The Friends Free Library supports the GFS curriculum and families throughout the school year.

Early Childhood Program

The children’s collection of Friends Free Library supports and enhances the Early Childhood curriculum by providing engaging and attractive fiction and nonfiction titles on a wide variety of topics.

Children in the Early Childhood Program visit the library once a week for story time, songs, finger plays, puppets and flannel board stories. This early introduction to libraries and literature helps to lay the foundation for creating a generation of lifelong readers.

Lower School Program

The children’s collection of Friends Free Library consists of fiction and nonfiction titles that support and enhance the Lower School curriculum and stimulate interest on a wide variety of topics. We hope to instill in our students a love of books and to create a generation of lifelong readers.

Middle School and Upper School Program

The Main Reading Room collection of Friends Free Library consists of both fiction and nonfiction titles that support and enhance the curricula of Middle and Upper School students. Additionally, the collection includes bestselling works that appeal to those in sixth grade through adulthood.

The Friends Free Library supports our Middle and Upper School students primarily as seekers and evaluators of information. Students come to the Library both independently and as part of their coursework to perform research on a variety of topics using both print and online resources. Students are given instruction in how to access databases, construct searches and evaluate resources in order to best meet their information needs.

Additionally, Friends Free Library serves as a quiet study and reading space and students may check out both classic and best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles in the collection that support their recreational reading and promote lifelong readership.

The library’s catalog is always available (online), along with other information about the library’s policies and programs. Links to our online research databases, course LibGuides and eBooks may be found on the catalog’s opening page.

GFS Families

Friends Free Library is open to the entire school community and families are encouraged to visit the library and check out books and other resources. Adult family members may establish their own library accounts and borrow materials; simply ask at the circulation desk for additional information.