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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 2015-19, the most popular schools chosen by GFS graduates were University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, New York University, and Haverford College.

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 2015-19
University of Pennsylvania 45
Temple University 18
Drexel University 15
New York University 15
Haverford College 11
Wesleyan University 11
Barnard College 10
Brown University 10
Skidmore College 9
University of Pittsburgh 9
Yale University 9
Kenyon College 8
Boston University 7
Princeton University 7
Tulane University 7
Columbia University 6
University of Vermont 6
Vassar College 6
American University 5
Emory University 5
Georgetown University 5
Hamilton College 5
Hampshire College 5
Northeastern University 5
Stanford University 5
Tufts University 5
Bowdoin College 4
Franklin & Marshall College 4
George Washington University 4
Georgia Institute of Technology 4
Macalester College 4
Middlebury College 4
Sarah Lawrence College 4
University of California, Los Angeles 4
University of Wisconsin, Madison 4
Cornell University 3
Harvard University 3
McGill University 3
Northwestern University 3
Pitzer College 3
Rice University 3
Swarthmore College 3
Syracuse University 3
Wellesley College 3
Amherst College 2
Carnegie Mellon University 2
College of William and Mary 2
College of Wooster 2
Colorado College 2
Connectictut College 2
Dartmouth College 2
Dickinson College 2
Earlham College 2
Elizabethtown College 2
Emerson College 2
Fordham University 2
Johns Hopkins University 2
Oberlin College 2
Saint Joseph's University 2
The New School (All Divisions) 2
University of Chicago 2
University of Colorado, Boulder 2
University of Edinburgh 2
University of Miami 2
University of Southern California 2
Ursinus College 2
Washington University in St. Louis 2
Whittier College 2
Widener University 2
Williams College 2
Albright College 1
Arizona State University 1
Babson College 1
Bard College 1
Berklee College of Music 1
Boston College 1
Boston Conservatory at Berklee 1
Brandeis University 1
Bryn Mawr College 1
Bucknell University 1
Canisius College 1
Carleton College 1
Case Western Reserve University 1
Champlain College 1
Chestnut Hill College 1
Colgate University 1
Duke University 1
Eckerd College 1
Howard University 1
Ithaca College 1
La Salle University 1
Lafayette College 1
Lehigh University 1
Maryland Institute College of Art 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
Ohio Wesleyan University 1
Pace University, NYC 1
Pennsylvania State University 1
Pratt Institute 1
Reed College 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1
Rhode Island School of Art & Design 1
Ryerson University 1
Savannah College Art and Design 1
Sciences Po/Columbia University 1
Scripps College 1
Smith College 1
Soka University of America 1
SUNY Stony Brook 1
Trinity College 1
United States Naval Academy 1
University College London 1
University of California, Santa Barbara 1
University of Cambridge 1
University of Delaware 1
University of Michigan 1
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1
University of Notre Dame 1
University of Redlands 1
University of Rochester 1
University of San Francisco 1
University of St. Andrews 1
University of Texas, Austin 1
University of the Arts 1
University of Virginia 1
University of Washington 1
Vanderbilt University 1
Virginia Tech 1
Wake Forest University 1
West Chester University 1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1