No two students leave GFS having traveled the same path. Not even close. 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.
Chart Your Courses
The GFS Upper School is a world of choices. Take Bioethics or The Political and Philosophical Origins of the U.S. Constitution. Study advanced physics in the state-of-the-art Wade Science Center, or Ancient Greek in a superb Classics department. When it’s time for the eleventh-grade Junior Project, students can explore sports medicine, timber-frame construction, documentary film, commercial baking, environmental law or life in an aerospace lab. In short, our Upper School students make decisions that reflect their talents, passions and goals. They make their education their own.
The Upper School experience begins with an exceptionally solid college-preparatory curriculum. All students read widely and learn to write well. They take at least three years of math, and some advance to topics beyond calculus. They take multiple years of science, history and a modern or classical language—or both. And all have the opportunity to do so much more.
At GFS, students engage in conversations you could hear in upper-level university seminars. They don’t just learn the process of protein synthesis; they invent their own systems for modeling the process.
For those eager not only to learn but to invent, Upper School is the place.
Created and managed by Upper School students, the GFS Philadelphia Youth Film Festival went virtual this year.
Led by GFS juniors Amelia Otto, Marissa Shaffer, and Martina Kiewek, this year’s Hackathon challenged middle and high schoolers to develop programming solutions inspired by the SPICES.
For International Women's Day, we spoke with student Diversity Ambassador Maria Ramos '23 and Penka Slavova, Director of the International Student Program (ISP), about Women’s History Month.