Now in its seventh year, the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival has grown from the wild idea of a few industrious students into a well-oiled machine that perennially impresses.
Upper School at GFS is a world of choices and no two students leave having traveled the same path. We encourage each individual to rise and meet his or her own standards of excellence. What our ninth through twelfth graders share, in the process, is an experience of intellectual challenge and curiosity.
Through a vast offering of required and elective programs, our students pursue directed independent studies, participate in professional internships, take college seminar-style classes, and have the chance to explore multiple educational opportunities outside the regular curriculum. For those eager to not only learn but also innovate, Upper School is the place.
Chris Allen’s drive to tell complex, untold stories was born at GFS.
GFS has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
The Latin and Greek students in grades 7-12 enjoyed a full day of exciting activities for our annual Classics Day.
Divisions held special assemblies to commemorate Black History Month.
Read reflections from our 2023 Lunar New Year event.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Office of Community Engagement held an annual Day of Service on campus.
In January, students had a virtual visit with guest artist Santi White ’93 aka Santigold.
Upper School students had the opportunity to hear from New York Times journalist Katie Benner.
Our Upper School Theatre Department put on a thought-provoking showing of Frank Wedekind’s Awakening of Spring.
Matthew's diverse career in independent school communities has spanned continents and embraced a wide range of roles. Prior to joining GFS as the Director of Upper School in 2018, Matthew served as the Associate Dean for Learning and Innovation at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has been immersed in schools and youth programs as an educator and administrator in the US and abroad for over 30 years. Prior to joining ALA, Matthew served as a science educator, division director, and development officer at Hawken School in Cleveland. He administered and taught elementary, middle, and high school science courses at Laurel and Old Trail schools in Ohio, and the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC.
Matthew served as Assistant Head of School at NOVA International Schools in Skopje, Macedonia, and instructed undergraduate field ecology and animal behavior courses in the East African Serengeti. He graduated from Hampshire College with a dual degree in Field Biology and French and earned a Master’s in Biology from Binghamton University. Matthew and his wife, Sara Mierke, have three adult children: Sally, Oliver, and Cloe.
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