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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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South Africa

GFS has partnered with African Leadership Academy (ALA) to offer GFS students a global learning experience, which takes place on the campus of ALA in Johannesburg, South Africa. This program is based on ALA’s Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum.
An independent school with 250 students, 70+ faculty and staff across multiple departments in South Africa and the US, ALA’s mission is to contribute to the transformation of Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders over 50 years who will work together to address the continent’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent's growth trajectory.

Over the course of this thirteen-day learning experience, GFS students study alongside an extraordinary coterie of outstanding students who are recruited from across the African continent. Participating in a curriculum based on the ALA curriculum, students develop leadership skills and foster an entrepreneurial mindset in participants through carefully crafted learning experiences both on and off the ALA campus. With an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, the program is enhanced by historic and cultural activities and informed by real-life examples of social innovation ventures from across the Johannesburg area. Visiting students also consider issues of social justice as they examine the parallel, but differing histories of the United States and South Africa with regard to race and class.

Visiting students and faculty leaders reside on the ALA campus, engage in a human-centered design lab (BUILD), attend classes and other ALA programs, and interact with ALA students and teachers to expand their networks and develop lasting relationships. ALA provides accommodations, meals, transportation, security, program instruction, learning support materials, community-based learning opportunities, and engagement with ALA peers.

The program is open to 11th and 12th graders. Interested individuals may contact Carol Rawlings Miller for more information.

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