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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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College Matriculation

GFS students go on to attend a variety of colleges and universities. During the period of 2016-20, the most popular schools chosen by GFS graduates were University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Haverford College, Drexel University, and New York University.

Below is a complete listing of the schools most recently chosen by our graduates. Our College Counseling Program provides each student and his or her parents with close and careful advising through the college selection, application and admissions process, beginning in the spring of 11th grade.

college choices 2016-20
University of Pennsylvania 48
Temple University 17
Haverford College 16
Drexel University 15
New York University 15
Barnard College 13
Wesleyan University 10
Brown University 8
Princeton University 8
Tufts University 8
University of Pittsburgh 8
Columbia University 7
Skidmore College 7
Tulane University 7
Vassar College 7
Boston University 6
Georgia Institute of Technology 6
Macalester College 6
Yale University 6
Cornell University 5
Franklin & Marshall College 5
Georgetown University 5
Hamilton College 5
Kenyon College 5
Middlebury College 5
Smith College 5
American University 4
Emory University 4
George Washington University 4
McGill University 4
Northeastern University 4
Northwestern University 4
Sarah Lawrence College 4
Stanford University 4
University of Chicago 4
University of Michigan 4
Bowdoin College 3
Fordham University 3
Pitzer College 3
Reed College 3
Rice University 3
Rochester Institute of Technology 3
Swarthmore College 3
University of California, Los Angeles 3
University of Vermont 3
University of Wisconsin, Madison 3
Babson College 2
Bard College 2
Bates College 2
Boston College 2
Bryn Mawr College 2
Carnegie Mellon University 2
College of William and Mary 2
Connectictut College 2
Dartmouth College 2
Dickinson College 2
Emerson College 2
Goucher College 2
Hampshire College 2
Harvard University 2
Johns Hopkins University 2
Lehigh University 2
Pennsylvania State University 2
Rhode Island School of Art & Design 2
Scripps College 2
SUNY Stony Brook 2
Syracuse University 2
The New School (All Divisions) 2
University of Colorado, Boulder 2
University of Edinburgh 2
University of Miami 2
University of Southern California 2
Ursinus College 2
Vanderbilt University 2
Wellesley College 2
Whittier College 2
Widener University 2
Williams College 2
Albright College 1
Arizona State University 1
Bentley University 1
Berklee College of Music 1
Boston Conservatory at Berklee 1
California Institute of Technology 1
Canisius College 1
Carleton College 1
Case Western Reserve University 1
Champlain College 1
Chapman University 1
Clarkson University 1
Colby College 1
Colgate University 1
College of Wooster 1
Columbia-Juilliard Program 1
Duke University 1
Earlham College 1
Eckerd College 1
Elon University 1
High Point University 1
Howard University 1
La Salle University 1
Lafayette College 1
Loyola Marymount University 1
Maryland Institute College of Art 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
Mount Holyoke College 1
Mount St. Mary's University 1
NYU Abu Dhabi 1
Oberlin College 1
Pace University, NYC 1
Pomona College 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
Ryerson University 1
Saint Joseph's University 1
Salisbury University 1
Savannah College Art and Design 1
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1
Sciences Po/Columbia University 1
Soka University of America 1
Texas State University 1
Trinity College 1
Trinity College Dublin 1
United States Naval Academy 1
University College London 1
University of California, Berkeley 1
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1
University of North Carolina, Charlotte 1
University of Notre Dame 1
University of Rochester 1
University of St. Andrews 1
University of Texas, Austin 1
University of Washington 1
Virginia Tech 1
Wake Forest University 1
Washington University in St. Louis 2
West Chester University 1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1