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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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We welcome you to the Kindergarten Admissions process, and we appreciate your interest in GFS for your child. We are here to help you through the process and happy to answer any questions you may have.


Families must submit the application by December 7, 2018, and all steps of the application process must be completed by January 7, 2019 to be considered for first-round review. After submitting the application, we will assist in gathering the required additional components to complete the applicant’s file for review.

If you prefer to track your application process online (and conserve resources), please apply online. You will be asked to set up a username and password, which will allow you to complete, edit, and review your application before electronically submitting it to us.

Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by September 1, 2019 to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.

Parent Interview (and Tour)

After you have submitted your application, please call the Admissions Office to arrange your interview. The parent interview is a chance for you to find out more about GFS and for us to find out about your child. The interview includes a tour of our campus and the Kindergarten classrooms. We ask both parents to come together when possible. Kindergarten sibling applicant parents and parents of children in GFS’s Early Childhood Program are invited to interview over the summer.

Kindergarten Playdays

The Kindergarten playday takes place on a Saturday morning and lasts an hour and a half. It is a group play for Kindergarten applicants, taught by our Kindergarten teachers, which allows us to observe applicant children in a group setting. The morning includes story time and free play, as well as a snack. While the children are in the Kindergartens, all parents of applicants will come to the Front Hall of the Main Building to hear remarks from Lower School leadership and have their questions about GFS answered.

The dates for the playdays are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018
    • Morning Session: 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Afternoon Session: 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9-10:30 a.m.

Please park behind the Meetinghouse in the Pennsbury Playground.

Confidential Teacher Recommendation

Please give the recommendation form directly to your child’s current teacher(s) and request that it is returned directly to GFS before January 7, 2019. Kindergarten applicants must submit one (1) teacher recommendation.

Readiness Assessment

After receiving your application, we will contact you to arrange your child’s readiness assessment. This is a brief, one-on-one assessment, which is done in our office, and will last approximately forty-five minutes. Parents should plan to wait in our waiting room.

Decision and Enrollment Timeline

  • Families who have completed the application process by January 7, 2019 will be notified in writing of the admission decision by February 1, 2019. Thereafter, applications are considered on a rolling basis as they become complete.
  • By common agreement among most area independent schools, families whose children receive an offer of admission by February 1, 2019 have until March 1, 2019 to accept or decline the offer.
  • To enroll your child you must return the Enrollment Contract with a non-refundable deposit of $750.00 per child by March 1. This is the first payment of the tuition bill. All payment plans will be billed and administered by the FACTS Management Company.






contact information

Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: 215-951-2345