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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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Upper School (9-12)

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

Request Information/Create Admission Portal Account

First time inquiring about GFS? If you would like more information about GFS, please complete an online inquiry form. This will establish your GFS Admission Portal account, which you can use throughout the application process.

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Not sure if you have an account? Visit the portal login page and click the forgot your password link. Type in your email address to check and see if you already have an account. This process will prevent the creation of duplicate accounts. Also, you can access the GFS Admission Portal to track your application status at all times.

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For the 2020-21 school year, families must submit the application by December 6, 2019, and all steps of the application process must be completed by January 6, 2020 to be considered for first-round review. Thereafter, applications are considered on a rolling basis as they become complete.

Once you have inquired and created your Admission Portal account, you will want to use this login page to gain access to a dynamic checklist. The portal checklist is an excellent tool to keep track of where you are in the admissions process. There is a $45 application fee. 

If you are applying for a sibling or need to revisit an existing application, click here and use your username and password.

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. We ask both parents to come together when possible.

Student Visit(s) to GFS

Please contact the Admissions Office at 215-951-2345 to schedule a visit day as soon as you apply because visit days fill up quickly. Student visit days begin in October. All student visits begin at 8 a.m. in the Admissions Office. Applicants to grades 7-12 must complete a short pre-visit form prior to their visit day.

Applicants are hosted by a GFS student for a full day. Applicants to 9th grade visit for a full day in the 9th grade. Applicants to grades 10 and 11 visit for a full day in their current grade. They attend classes and are encouraged to participate in activities. Visitors should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. We will provide a lunch ticket for use in our cafeteria. The day is concluded with a brief and informal interview with one of our admissions directors.

Students who are admitted to GFS are invited to revisit in February. Applicants to 9th grade can revisit in the 8th grade to meet their prospective classmates. Applicants to the 10th and 11th grades can revisit to the grade they are applying for, so they can get a sense of what the next year would be like.

Confidential Teacher Recommendations

Please give the recommendation forms directly to your child’s current academic teacher(s) and request that they are returned directly to GFS before January 6, 2020.

Applicants to grades 6-12 must submit two recommendations from the student’s current primary academic subject teachers; one recommendation must be from the student’s current math teacher.

Admissions Testing

Upper School applicants must take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).

We recommend that students also complete the Character Skills Snapshot. We have always considered our applicants' character traits in addition to scores, grades, teacher recommendations and writing samples, and this additional optional half-hour Snapshot will help us get to know each applicant even more fully as a possible match for GFS. 
*Note: There is no additional charge to take the Snapshot once you register for an SSAT. Students planning to take the ISEE who wish to complete the Character Skills Snapshot should contact the GFS Admissions Office in order to gain log-in and access to it. There is a $25 fee for ISEE test takers, however, fee waivers are available for those in need.  

Test results are to be sent directly to GFS. To prevent delays, please be sure to list GFS as a score recipient when you register for testing.

Register online at or The SSAT code for GFS is #3397.

Submit Transcript and School Records

The Transcript Release Form should be completed by the parent/guardian and returned to the applicant's current school. The student's official transcript must include Fall 2019 grades. Please have the school send the records directly to GFS before January 6, 2020.

Writing Sample

Applicants are required to submit a written assignment that has been completed for school and graded by a teacher. Please submit the writing sample before January 6, 2020.

Decision and Enrollment Timeline

  • Families who have completed the application process by January 6, 2020 will be notified in writing of the admission decision by February 1, 2020. Thereafter, applications are considered on a rolling basis as they become complete.
  • By common agreement among most area independent schools, families whose children are accepted by February 1, 2020 have until March 1, 2020 to accept or decline the offer of admission.
  • To enroll your child you must return the Enrollment Agreement with a non-refundable deposit of $750.00 per child by March 1, 2020. This is the first payment of the tuition bill. All payment plans will be billed and administered by the FACTS Management Company.