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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 2017-21
University of Pennsylvania 49
Haverford College 17
New York University 16
Temple University 15
Barnard College 13
Drexel University 13
Wesleyan University 13
Columbia University 10
Tufts University 9
Georgetown University 7
Middlebury College 7
Princeton University 7
University of Chicago 7
Vassar College 7
Georgia Institute of Technology  6
Macalester College 6
University of Pittsburgh 6
American University 5

Boston University

Carnegie Mellon University 5
Cornell University 5
Hamilton College 5
Kenyon College 5
Tulane University 5
University of Michigan 5
Bard College 4
Brown University 4
Connecticut College 4
Emory University 4
Franklin and Marshall College 4
McGill University 4
Northwestern University 4
Smith College 4
Stanford University 4
Syracuse University 4
The George Washington University 4
Yale University 4
Bowdoin College 3
John Hopkins University 3
Northeastern University 3
Pitzer College 3
Rice University 3
Rochester Institute of Technology 3
Sarah Lawrence College 3
Swarthmore College 3
The New School 3
University of California, Los Angeles 3
University of Maryland 3
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 3
University of Southern California 3
University of Vermont 3
Williams College 3
Bates College 2
Boston College 2
Bucknell University 2
Case Western Reserve University 2
Duke University 2
Emerson College 2
Fordham University 2
Goucher College 2
Lehigh University 2
Oberlin College 2
Pennsylvania State University 2
Pratt Institute 2
Reed College 2
Saint Joseph's University 2
Scripps College 2
SUNY Stony Brook 2
University of Colorado, Boulder 2
University of St. Andrews 2
University of Virginia 2
Vanderbilt University 2
Wellesley College 2
Whittier College 2
Widener University 2
Albright College 1
Arizona State University 1
Babson College 1
Bennington College 1
Bentley University 1
Berklee College of Music 1
Boston Conservatory 1
Bryn Mawr College 1
California Institute of Technology 1
Canisius College 1
Champlain College 1
Chapman University 1
Claremont-McKenna College 1
Clarkson University 1
Colby College 1
Colgate University 1
College of William & Mary 1
Dartmouth College 1
DePaul University 1
Dickinson College 1
Drexel University, BS/MD Program 1
Earlham College 1
Eindhoven University of Technology 1
Elon University 1
Harvard University 1
High Point University 1
Howard University 1
La Salle University 1
Lafayette College 1
Loyola Marymount University 1
Loyola University New Orleans 1
Manhattan School of Music 1
Maryland Institute College of Art 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
Massachusetts Bay Community College 1
McDaniel College 1
Michigan State University 1
Mount Holyoke College 1
Mount St. Mary's University 1
New England Conservatory of Music 1
Pace University, NYC 1
Pomona College 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
Rhode Island School of Design 1
Ryerson University 1
Savannah College Art and Design 1
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1
Soka University of America 1
Towson University 1
Trinity College Dublin 1
United States Naval Academy 1
University College London 1
University of California, Berkeley 1
University of California, Davis 1
University of Delaware 1
University of Edinburgh 1
University of London, The Courtauld Institute of Art 1
University of Miami 1
University of North Carolina, Charlotte 1
University of Notre Dame 1
University of Pittsburgh, BS/MD Program 1
University of Rochester 1
University of Washington 1
Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1
Washington University in St. Louis 1
West Chester University 1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1