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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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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Germantown Friends School. Our Admissions season for the 2021-22 school year has begun! 

The first step in the application process is to create an online inquiry and an Admissions account. Please click on a division below to get started. As you move through the application, we will help you complete the different checklist items within the process. We are currently conducting remote parent interviews via video chat, which can be scheduled as soon as you have submitted your application. We are here to help you through the process and happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at

GFS is proud to award more than $6 million dollars of need based financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid.

Important Dates

For specific details and application requirements, please click on a division below.

December 7, 2020 | Deadline to Initiate a Formal Application
Please initiate a formal application by this date to be eligible for first round review. Families must complete specific information and questionnaires, and submit the $45 application fee via our Admissions Portal. Click on a division below to get started!

January 4, 2021 | Admissions & Financial Aid Application Completion Deadline 

February 1, 2021 | First Round Admission & Financial Aid Decision Notifications 

March 1, 2021 | Enrollment Decision and Enrollment Agreement Deadline for Accepted Applicants 

New Applicants

There are several steps in the application process, which are based upon the grade you are applying to.
Ready to apply? Click on a division below to get started.

Early Childhood
Lower School (1-5)
Middle School (6-8)
Upper School (9-12)
International Students
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Returning Applicants

If you are already familiar with our application process or you have already started your application, please click below to access the portal login and check on its progress and status.

GFS Admissions Portal


Open House, Tours, & Events

Learn more about applying to GFS! Attend a Virtual Open House or a Lunchtime Chat. We can't wait to connect with your family!

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In keeping with the Quaker testimony of Equality and our school’s commitment to diversity, Germantown Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, political beliefs, or citizenship status in the administration of its educational policies, application for admissions or financial aid, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

Consistent with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, GFS does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including respecting employees, and is required by Title IX and applicable federal regulations to refrain from such discrimination. Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the following:

Ted Oxholm, History Teacher, Assistant General Counsel
Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144