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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 an impressive range of prestigious colleges and universities. During the period 2013-17, the most popular schools chosen by GFS graduates were University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, Brown University, Drexel University, New York University, and Yale 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 2013-2017
University of Pennsylvania 48
University of Pittsburgh 17
Temple University 16
Brown University 14
Drexel University 14
New York University 13
Yale University 11
Wesleyan University 9
University of Colorado at Boulder 8
Haverford College 8
Skidmore College 8
Tulane University 8
Boston University 7
University of Vermont 7
Barnard College 6
Emory University 6
George Washington University 6
Kenyon College 6
University of California, Los Angeles 5
Cornell University 5
Earlham College 5
Hampshire College 5
Johns Hopkins University 5
Northwestern University 5
Stanford University 5
University of Chicago 4
College of William and Mary 4
Columbia University 4
Franklin and Marshall College 4
Harvard University 4
Middlebury College 4
Oberlin College 4
Princeton University 4
Tufts University 4
Vassar College 4
Washington University in St. Louis 4
American University 3
Georgia Institute of Technology 3
Hamilton College 3
McGill University 3
Northeastern University 3
Sarah Lawrence College 3
Swarthmore College 3
Ursinus College 3
Wellesley College 3
Amherst College 2
Bard College 2
Bowdoin College 2
Brandeis University 2
Bryn Mawr College 2
Carnegie Mellon University 2
Colby College 2
College of Wooster 2
Colorado College 2
Dartmouth College 2
University of Edinburgh 2
Elizabethtown College 2
Emerson College 2
Fordham University 2
Gap Year 2
Georgetown University 2
Howard University 2
Macalester College 2
The New School 2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2
Pitzer College 2
University of Redlands 2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2
Saint Joseph's University 2
Smith College 2
University of Southern California 2
Syracuse University 2
Whittier College 2
University of Wisconsin, Madison 2
University of Arizona 1
Auburn University 1
Babson College 1
Bates College 1
Berklee College of Music 1
Bucknell University 1
University of California, Santa Barbara 1
Cambridge University 1
Carleton College 1
Case Western Reserve University 1
Chestnut Hill College 1
University of Cincinnati 1
Colgate University 1
Columbia University/Juilliard School 1
Davidson College 1
University of Delaware 1
Dickinson College 1
Drew University 1
East Stroudsburg University 1
George Mason University 1
Goucher College 1
Harvey Mudd College 1
Ithaca College 1
La Salle University 1
Loyola University of New Orleans 1
Marymount Manhattan College 1
University of Miami 1
University of Michigan 1
Michigan State University 1
New York University, Abu Dhabi 1
Occidental College 1
Ohio Wesleyan University 1
Pace University, New York City 1
Parsons, The New School for Design 1
Pennsylvania State University, University Park 1
Pennsylvania State University, Abington 1
Philadelphia University 1
Pratt Institute 1
Reed College 1
Rhode Island School of Design 1
Rice University 1
Ryerson University 1
University of San Francisco 1
Savannah College of Art and Design 1
Sciences Po/Columbia University 1
Spelman College 1
University of Tampa 1
The University of Texas, Austin 1
University of the Arts 1
Trinity College 1
Tyler School of Art Temple University 1
United States Naval Academy 1
University College London 1
University of Virginia 1
Virginia Tech 1
Wake Forest University 1
West Chester University of PA 1
Williams College 1