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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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Confidential Concerns Team

For all students, the Middle and Upper School years are periods of fundamental transition; biological, cognitive, and social. During these periods, students' relationships with their families, peers, and school change. Students begin to separate from their families and interact more with their peers. They spend more time without adult supervision, and they are more likely to engage in risky behavior. In the American culture, this frequently involves experimentation with alcohol and other drugs.

GFS addresses these issues in many ways, primarily through education, limit-setting, and disciplinary policies. GFS has now implemented another venue to help students deal with these issues: the Confidential Concerns Team.

The Confidential Concerns Team (CCT) Program is a non-disciplinary program that provides a venue for any member of the GFS community to express concern about a student who may be struggling with an issue involving alcohol or other drugs, and a means to address any issues before they become a serious threat to a student's health and well being. Under the Program, those with a concern can make a confidential referral to any member of the CCT, currently comprising seven faculty members supervised by the GFS Psychologist.

The CCT does not provide counseling, it does not take disciplinary action, and it does not share information with the school administration. It does share concerns with students and offer resources for assistance. More detailed information about the CCT Program is available from the GFS Psychologist.


Eric Aurelien
Athletic Trainer   

Brittany Copeland

Kate Hanssen
History Department Head

Dr. Rachel Hodas
Director of Student Services and School Psychologist

Callie Hogan
School Counselor, Coach

Jake Miller
Head of Theatre 

Randy Mower
Health Educator, Coach

Nasreen Naidoo
Middle School Counselor 

Maryanne Rawlings
Health Education Department Chair

Dr. Craig Stevens
Consulting Psychologist