Germantown Friends School
Our Admissions process for the 2023-24 school year will include a number of different ways for prospective families to learn, explore, and get to know GFS.
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. 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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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.
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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.
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism, GFS has stepped up its commitment to create a safer, stronger, more equitable community.
Our graduates have the creativity and confidence to write their own definitions of success.
Our program is individualized, comprehensive, and collaborative.
GFS welcomed students back to campus last fall with modified on-campus learning experiences and remote options for each grade.
Our strong commitment to the Classics leads many students to study Latin and Ancient Greek in college and beyond.
Student life in grades 6-12 is enhanced by a rich array of club offerings and activities.
With more than 230 unique trees and shrubs across 12 acres, the GFS campus is officially an arboretum.
As a Friends school, we are founded on the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone, and guided by core Quaker testimonies.
To write well is an invaluable skill—and the hallmark of a GFS education.
Amir Staten’s video of his reaction to being accepted by Morehouse College recently went viral.
Divisions held special assemblies to commemorate Black History Month.
Upper School students had the opportunity to hear from New York Times journalist Katie Benner.
During Diversity Dialogue Day Upper School students had the opportunity to hear from strategist, community organizer, and executive operations expert Deesha Dyer.
An author studies program focused on Black, Indigenous, and authors of color helps students to both see themselves and learn about different cultures, traditions, and families.
We are delighted to share the names of the recipients of the 2022 Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education. Check out some of the projects!
Philadelphia Councilmember Helen Gym joins the Upper School Assembly during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Students, faculty, staff, parents and caregivers, and community members came together recognize Unity Week!
Middle School Mini-Courses are week-long, interdisciplinary deep dives that center on joy, curiosity, and rigor as students experience uninterrupted learning around a single topic.
The new André Robert Lee Fellowship celebrates outstanding Upper School students by providing financial grants, mentorship, and leadership opportunities, while building a stronger culture of affinity and inclusion at GFS.
Students discuss the unfolding war in Ukraine and recently heard from Quaker peace activist George Lakey
Latin and Greek students in grades 7-12 enjoyed a full day of exciting activities for our first in-person Classics Day since 2019.
The Philadelphia Youth Film Festival was recently featured in Metro Philly.
The Upper School Asian Student Alliance (ASA), alongside our international students from China and in partnership with the DEI Office, are celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Students in the J-Term Prints for Progress class have been studying visual artists who create work based on social change.
Read about the Middle School Chair Project—happening now in the Sharpless Building—in our latest issue of the GFS Bulletin.
Matthew Stitt ’05 and Zoë Rankin ’06 were recently appointed to the GFS School Committee
The South Philadelphia oil refinery explosion in 2019 influenced a recent assembly hosted by the Upper School environmental clubs.
The Theatre Department and Counseling Team joined together for an all-school gratitude project, inspired by the Upper School play Every Brilliant Thing.
Congratulations to the 2021 Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education recipients!
Rising senior Dylan Ragas was named a finalist in the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fighting Words Poetry Contest.
Middle School English teacher Rachel Reynolds created Writing for Thinking Notebooks to offer her students a creative outlet and useful tool during this pandemic year.
Senior Ryan Lewis was honored with a Princeton Prize in Race Relations for advancing racial equity in the GFS community.
The Upper School Intersectional Equity Club (IEC) has a new website!
Author Kiley Reid had a virtual visit with Anne Gerbner’s and Meg Cohen Ragas’ First Fiction Essentially English elective.
Early Childhood Division Director Sarah McMenamin wrote an article for Edutopia about GFS' author studies program.
Among the many discoveries made during a year of quarantine, we’ve learned that nothing brings people together quite like baking bread. Twenty years ago, Lower School teacher Daniel Rouse founded the Whosoever Gospel Mission Bread Project.
Created and managed by Upper School students, the GFS Philadelphia Youth Film Festival went virtual this year.
Please enjoy this new video about Early Childhood Center City!
For International Women's Day, we spoke with student Diversity Ambassador Maria Ramos '23 and Penka Slavova, Director of the International Student Program (ISP), about Women’s History Month.
Niche recently released their 2021 Best Schools rankings.
GFS DIS German teacher and documentary producer Frauke Levin wants to educate the public about current options to mitigate the crisis. Her new documentary, Can We Cool the Planet?, which she co-produced for the science series NOVA, airs October 28 on PBS.
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) announced that GFS alumnus David Gould '07 was named Chief Diversity and Impact Officer.
Sophomores Maria Ramos and Sarah Levy developed a summer fundraiser and awareness campaign as part of Action Through Athletes.
Get to know our new faculty and staff—and our employees who have stepped into new roles this year! The first interview in our Q&A series is with Zarah Adams, who recently became Director of Community Engagement.
Enjoy a video featuring James Hightower, Director of College Counseling, about the GFS approach, and view a list of college admits for the Class of 2020! Visit the College Counseling page for more information.
View our working Actions for Equity plan for our renewed approach to equity and anti-racism at GFS—developed in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Officers of the School Committee, and many others.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Philadelphia region, Tate Park '21 knew he could use his skills for good. That's why he invented a special clip for the N95 mask, making it safer, reusable, and a lower contamination risk for doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals.
Each June, Pride Month aims to highlight, uplift, and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community in our country. We asked Early Childhood teacher Michael Roach how he begins to address and teach about gender diversity with even our youngest students, and he offered the following book recommendations and reflections.
GFS students, teachers, and families make and donate cloth masks to a local health center—providing a much-needed community service.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on GFS' January term (J-term) experiential learning program.
GFS teacher, Sara Primo, shares her tips for taking care of yourself during a school shutdown.
GFS teacher Lindsay Roberts gives families five tools for embracing diversity with Early Learners at home.
Introducing our remote curriculum, named Colloquia!
Learn about the Upper School's Directed Independent Study (DIS) program.
Tenth grade student Joanna Lin started "The Student Period Movement" to shed light on the stigma surrounding menstruation.
Six Germantown Friends School (GFS) choral students were accepted to participate in the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) All-East Honor Choir.
Earlier this month, Germantown Friends School (GFS) Upper and Middle School students welcomed Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball World Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies, as the annual Mercer Tate '48 Lecture on Public Service speaker.
In 2016, our athletics department began to identify ways that our people, program, and resources could better support student wellness. GFS developed a new athletics staffing model, education focus, and holistic and individualized approach to health and well-being that impacts students in the classrooms, during sports, and outside of school.
On Monday, April 8, Conrad Benner, art curator, photographer, and blogger for Streets Dept inspired Upper School students and guests during the Abigail R. Cohen '91 Memorial Art Lecture.
On Saturday, March 20, 2019, the GFS Mock Trial Varsity team placed second out of 300 teams in the annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.
Congratulations to Chloe Smith Frank '19, Kim Hua '19, Javier Carmona '20, Brenden Dahl '20, Sarah Miller '20, Erin Schott '20, Ava Sinai '20, and Julian Spiro '20.
After a junior year campaign that led to breaking multiple school records and a trip to the New Balance Indoor Track & Field Nationals, Kai Cummings adds another accolade to his impressive season: All-State.
Hannah Caldwell Henderson, Chief Advancement Officer, and Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement, contributed to the article "Quaker schools continue the long tradition of quiet reflection" in Grid Magazine.
James Wright '18 was highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer for overcoming obstacles at this weekend's 92nd annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta, including challenging weather and a new venue, to win the senior single heat.
1,129 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