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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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Open GFS

Welcome to OPen GFS!

Open GFS is a series of online classes available at any time to growing learners across the globe. Germantown Friends School faculty members teach these open classes, available for grades K-2 and 3-6. Browse the classes below, which are pre-recorded and asynchronous for continuous viewing.  

Social Studies with Dr. Zarah Adams

Dr. Zarah Adams is the Director of Community Engagement at Germantown Friends School. She has been a long-standing member of the GFS Community as a parent, an educator, and a leader of community engagement efforts. Through her dedication to educational equity, Dr. Zarah is an advocate for students and families. This social studies unit on the subject of “Identity" is for students of all ages. In this unit, students get to know one another by sharing their hopes and dreams, their interests, and their name stories.

Students will need paper, writing utensils, and drawing utensils.

Name Story




Computer Programming with Laura Jamieson

Laura Jamieson is a computer science and digital media teacher at GFS. She loves exploring new technologies and watching students learn to be digital creators, tech-savy problem solvers, and safe and responsible digital citizens. 

Get down with computer coding with the Dance Party unit. Students will learn computer programming commands and concepts, including events and loops, to create their very own interactive dance party using some of their favorite hit songs. The Chromebook Essentials unit gets students up and running with their school devices and provides tips and tricks to help students get the most out of this powerful educational tool. The Google Apps Essentials unit introduces students to the suite of applications provided by Google that will allow them to create digital media to show and share things that they learn and things they feel passionate about. 

Students will need a Chromebook or another computer, internet access, your curiosity, and creativity!

Computer Programming

Computer Programming: Lesson 3

Chromebooks: Tabs, Windows & Screens

Chrome Bookmarks


Computer Programming: Lesson 2

Chromebooks: Apps, Classroom & Docs

Chromebooks: Google Sites

Chromebooks: Google Slides

Movement with Sloane Kearney

Sloane Kearney teaches creative movement and studio based dance courses in all four divisions at GFS. With her love and passion for all things dance, Sloane enjoys being able to create dance with a wide variety of students! This creative movement unit, for grades K-2, offers a 10-minute full body warm-up, three movement lessons, and a five-minute cool down. The 15-minute lessons explore three elements of dance: time, space, and energy. The warm-up and cool down videos can be used on their own as needed for quick movement breaks, or paired with an element video for a cohesive 30 minute lesson.

No specialty supplies are needed, just an open space to move about freely.

Yoga with Jake Miller

Jake Miller is Chair of the Theatre Department and teaches theatre and movement to GFS students of all ages. As a theatre artist and educator, he is co-founder of Yes! And… Collaborative Arts and, as well as a certified yoga teacher, he is the co-creator of Blue Banyan Yoga School. 

The sequence of mini-classes below is for all ages and is designed to give students a moment away from the screen and in their body. These mini-breaks are yoga-inspired and mobility-focused, with an opportunity to stretch, breathe, and refocus our energy. 

No specialty supplies are needed, except an space to move about freely. One session requires a sturdy chair.

Chair Yoga


Chair Yoga: Lesson 2


Art with Lili Sharpless

Lili Sharpless is an art teacher for the youngest students at Germantown Friends (Early Childhood through First Grade). This particular study is a Black artists study, which includes artists Stanley Whitney, Clementine Hunter, Jack Whitten, and Alma Woodsey Thomas. Lili is committed to creating anti-racist curriculum that enables students to learn about artists from many different backgrounds. 

Supplies needed: Paper, pencil, eraser and crayons. 


Crayon Art: Lesson 1


Crayon Art: Lesson 2


Poetry with Jeewon Wright-Kim

Jeewon Wright-Kim was a second grade teacher at GFS with 10 years of experience teaching young children to ask big questions, learn to read, and take care of each other. Jeewon is now the Associate Head of Lower School at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. 

Poetry Workshop: Everything is a Poem is a series of lessons that invite young writers to look at their world through a “poet’s eyes," and find the poems that “hide in the bottoms of [their] shoes” (Naomi Shihab Nye). After viewing each lesson, students should write independently for 15-30 minutes, depending on age and stamina. This unit is best suited for students currently in first, second or third grade.

Students will need a poetry notebook or folder (any size and format will do).

Poetry Lesson 1


Poetry Lesson 2