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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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Choir serves as the premier choral ensemble at Germantown Friends School. Comprised of approximately fifty auditioned singers in grades ten through twelve, the group performs frequently throughout the year including for annual Fall, Holiday, and Spring concerts. The GFS Choir has collaborated with many notable ensembles and musicians from around the world, including Singing City Philadelphia, the Yale Glee Club, and members of the Philadelphia Pops. The ensemble has also debuted several pieces, including the Philadelphia premiere of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater and somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

In addition to the ensemble’s many performances on campus and in the Philadelphia area, the GFS Choir regularly tours both nationally and internationally. In the past fifty years, Choir has sung across five continents in performance tours spanning China, England, Scotland, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Poland, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. Choir eagerly anticipates their 2020 tour to Venice and the Dalmation Coast. Tours not only afford exceptional performance opportunities to singers but enhance the Quaker values central to the GFS community.

Choir is conducted by Frank Van Atta and accompanied by Miku Shiota. Those interested in learning more about the choral program at GFS should contact the Director of Upper School Choirs, Frank Van Atta, at fvanatta@germantownfriends.org.