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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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Two rows of students sitting in a courtyard under a citrus tree

Our Mexico Exchange Program began in 1982.

Each year, six ninth grade students studying Spanish travel to Tlaxcala, a provincial capital and a safe and prosperous city of 1.17 million, about 75 miles east of Mexico City (on the way to Veracruz) for one month. Students live with a host family and attend classes at La Escuela Secundaria Técnica No.1 "Xicohtencatl Axayacatzin" de Tlaxcala.  

GFS students travel to Mexico during January Term. In Mexico, they participate in Math, English, History, Spanish, arts, and traditional dance classes as well as a number of cultural activities with their host families. 

The Mexican students come to GFS for the month of April. It is generally a reciprocal exchange, so that each pair of students spends two months together, one with the family in Tlaxcala and the other in Philadelphia. 

Rachel Bradburd, Middle and Upper School Spanish teacher, is the director of this exchange.

Student comments about Mexico Exchange:

It was the highlight of my year.
Will Hagele '20

I loved my host sister and I loved the Mexican culture. I also loved that when I came back I felt more fluent than I’d ever been. I’d known since I’d started taking Spanish in 7th grade that I wanted to become fluent and the only way to do that was to go live in a Spanish speaking country for a few months or a few years. Being that I was only in 9th grade, this is the closest that I’d ever come to fulfilling that dream. 
—Lila Sternberg-Sher '17

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