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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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Classics Day

Each spring, Classics Day brings together the Latin and Greek students in grades 7 through 12 for an all-day celebration of Greek and Roman culture and history.

Classics Day features a Roman Triumph, a declamation contest by tenth graders, and our annual Aloysius B. McCabe '45 Lecture.

A recent speaker was Daira Nocera, a Ph.D candidate in Classics at Penn who conducts archaeological fieldwork in Rome. She lived and worked in Rome for six years where she participated in the excavations in the Forum of Augustus, Forum of Caesar, the Palatine and the Villa of Maxentius.

In 2017, we welcomed two speakers on archaeology—one on excavations of Iron Age Turkey and another on the use of satellites, drones, and 3-D technology in archaeology.

Students prepare food for our midday feast from countries that touch the Mediterranean Sea. Check below for some wonderful classics recipes.

We move from lunch in the Social Room to the Meetinghouse for the Latin History declamation contest. Each year, the Latin History students (tenth graders) divide into two groups reenact a debate in the Senate. The twelfth graders judge the debate. Will they be swayed by the tenth graders' arguments or by the Roman-style bribes of candy and flowers?

While the seniors deliberate, we move back to the Social Room for games and performances by students in Latin and Greek classes of all levels. Finally, we hear the seniors' decision, honor the seniors who are soon to leave us, and the day is done.

With comic entertainment, thoughtful debate and delectable food, Classics Day is a yearly reminder of the vibrancy of life in the ancient world.

Parents are welcome to attend any or all of these events, and we are greatly indebted to those who help us serve the lunch. Parents who are interested in helping with the Feast, please contact Julie Marren.

Classics Day Recipes