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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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7th Grade Curriculum

We are excited about our Middle School program at GFS!

We hope this video will help you gain a greater understanding of the offerings for 7th grade students as well as important choices for consideration. 

Features of the 7th Grade Curriculum


  • Exposure to a rich variety of genres, including short stories, poems, essays, and journals
  • Build interpretive reading skills; deep exploration of literary devices
  • Grow as critical and creative writers through constant practice 
  • Extensive grammar study, using the IXL curriculum (an online immersive grammar program)


  • A comprehensive study of matter and its properties
  • Topics covered in 7th grade include:
    • Earth Science
    • States of Matter
    • Chemistry
    • 6 weeks of robotics and programming

Foreign Language study

  • Seventh graders can choose from among five languages. Introductory language spreads a year of instruction over the two years of study: Seventh grade is 1a; eighth grade is 1b. Please note: that there is an opportunity for students to add a second language, Latin or Ancient Greek, in eighth grade.  
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  • Ancient Greek (new option for 7th graders in 2019-20)
  • Latin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin (new option for 7th graders in 2019-20)


  • Preparation for the formal study of Algebra 1 in 8th grade.  
  • Instruction supports the development of the tools and building blocks necessary for Algebra I study, including proportionality, rates of changes, linear functions, exponent rules, and solving complex algebraic equations
  • Our standard track provides rich, rigorous study; our enhanced track offers a deeper dive into the same content.
  • Both tracks prepare students to complete Calculus by the end of 12th grade
  • Faculty determines placement based on sixth-grade work, taking into consideration both classroom performance and level of engagement in challenge problems.


  • Two years of US history over 7th and 8th grades
  • Subject area focuses on the colonial period through Civil War
  • Skill expansion in group work and critical reading skills
  • Learn to work with original source material
  • Experiential and project-based learning, on-site local visits in Philadelphia and Germantown

Physical Education (PE)

  • Focus on the development of fundamental motor and social skills through participation in group and partner work, especially problem-solving activities
  • Engage in adventure education activities that emphasize group work and problem-solving
  • Develop an appreciation for the diversity of fitness and skill levels


  • Required to participate in two after-school sports out of three seasons
  • Choices for the fall: Cross Country (B/G), Soccer (B/G), Field Hockey (G), Tennis (G)
  • Choices for the winter: Basketball, Squash, Outdoor Track, Wrestling (all B/G)
  • Choices for the spring: Lacrosse (G), Softball (G), Track & Field (B/G), Baseball (B), Tennis (B)
  • Theater Movement Arts is an option for the Winter Season


  • Focus on music fundamentals; musical understanding through listening, historical study, and analysis; and musical creation through singing and instruments
  • Students explore Folk Instruments, Music Composition, Keyboard Skills, and Fundamentals


  • Emphasizes developing visual skills and experiencing various media, including painting, collage, 3D design, photography, and digital media
  • New materials and technology are explored
  • Frequent use of critiques helps students recognize quality and appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of effective responses
  • Students participate in the All-School Art Show each spring


  • Students have the option to elect drama during their EXPO blocks
  • These trimester-long sessions focus on the preparation and production of a short one-act play
  • Theatre is integrated into classroom teaching; Partnerships between drama faculty and other core teachers help to bring the power of theater into the teaching of curricular texts
  • Opportunity to elect after school Theatre Movement Arts for the winter season

Learn more about the 7th grade program.