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Germantown Friends School

Our Admissions process for the 2024-25 school year will include a number of different ways for prospective families to learn, explore, and get to know GFS.

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GFS Early Childhood classroom
Early Childhood

Germantown Friends School

GFS Early Childhood fosters young children’s natural curiosity while providing them with the foundation needed for academic success. Families have the option to choose between two vibrant locations: Germantown and Center City.

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GFS Lower School art class
Lower School

Germantown Friends School

With an academic program that is highly ambitious, developmentally appropriate, well balanced, and joyful, the GFS Lower School is a truly wondrous place where students engage actively in learning, creating, problem-solving, and community building.

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GFS Middle School science classroom
Middle School

Germantown Friends School

Middle School at GFS is a time of spectacular growth. While immersed in project-based learning, technology, and interdisciplinary study, students engage with wonderful challenges, take on leadership roles in student government, environmental and community action, on stages and playing fields—and find their voices.

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Upper School Students on Main Building of GFS Campus
Upper School

Germantown Friends School

With a focus on progressive teaching and learning practices and college preparedness, students in Upper School share an academic experience fueled by intellectual curiosity, social justice, and extraordinary passion.

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GFS Athletics Boys Soccer Team

Germantown Friends School

Through hard work and teamwork, GFS athletes bring the best of themselves to the game, learning lessons for life—both on and off the field.

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GFS Theatre Arts Peter Pan Musical

Germantown Friends School

GFS is a school profoundly alive with the energy of the arts. The evidence is everywhere: corridors that vibrate with color and echo with music, stages brought to life almost daily with productions. Creativity and performance are woven into our culture—every day, across every division.

Discover the Arts

We See You at Germantown Friends School

At Germantown Friends School, our mission begins with a commitment to diversity, our community, and to the belief that academic achievement is not in itself enough. At our independent day school, we guide our students’ growth in mind, body and spirit, and encourage them to put their ideas to work in the world. But don’t just take our word for it; explore and see for yourself!

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Admissions Events

We appreciate your interest in GFS, where learning is for life!

Please click the VIEW ALL ADMISSIONS EVENTS link (below the photo to the left) for our upcoming events. Learn about GFS' unique programs, welcoming community, and how our students thrive! Please email us at or call us at 215-951-2345 with any questions.

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Explore Our Mission-Driven Program

Learning is for life. This idea is at the heart of Germantown Friends School, where we view the years from Kindergarten through twelfth grade as a critical chapter in a lifelong learning adventure. Our sense of the power of education defines our daily work. At GFS, education is about each individual rising to meet his or her own standards of excellence, guided by the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. 

Our Viewbook offers an authentic representation of the diverse GFS experience. To find out more about the people, places, and passions that drive our school, check out our Media Center.

First page of the PDF file: GFSViewbook2022

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Create a profile in Veracross, our admissions software provider. We look forward to getting to know you and your family and introducing you to GFS!

Why Germantown Friends School?

At GFS, we discover and nurture a multitude of hidden talents. We teach each child to speak their mind, and make sure every voice is heard. We believe that community is built on a foundation of mutual respect. Learn more about what makes GFS unique.

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GFS News & Noteworthy

GFS at a Glance


1,157 students in Early Childhood through grade 12
41% students of color


100% of graduates attend a four-year college or university
13 National Merit Scholars between 2014-2021, along with 67 Finalists; 81 Semifinalists; 128 Commended


Quaker, independent, coed day school for preschool through grade 12. Founded in 1845 under the care of the Germantown Monthly Meeting and governed by the School Committee. Located in historic Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.


152 Friends Schools League Championships
19 PAISAA State Championships
22 Varsity Sports Teams