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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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Chorus is the largest choral ensemble at GFS and is open to all Upper School students who are interested who wish to learn about choral singing. Comprised of approximately 80 singers, the ensemble rehearses and performs great works of choral literature while introducing and reinforcing the fundamentals of music literacy and vocal technique. Chorus sings at both the Holiday and Spring concerts, as well as various events on campus. Recent concerts have featured performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, Gjielo’s Sunrise Mass, Olatunji’s Betelehemu, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia.

Chorus 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

Cantare is a performing vocal ensemble for treble voices at GFS. Cantare strives to bring voices together in powerful ways. The group explores a wide variety of choral music written for soprano and alto voicing. We have performed classical repertoire from the Medieval era up through the present day, and music from polyphonic singing traditions across the world. Within its repertoire, Cantare will strive to highlight the work of women artists and composers. Performs for daytime assemblies and evening concerts throughout the year.

Cantare is conducted by Anne Hess 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