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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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Decision Process

The Germantown Friends School Financial Aid Committee determines financial aid grants for current and newly accepted families who have applied for financial aid. Financial aid grants are determined equitably and consistently according to demonstrated need. There are no merit-based scholarships at GFS. Our use of the Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) program by Independent School Management (ISM) provides a need-based financial analysis and gives the Committee a recommended award amount that informs the Committee’s review. All information received from FAST is kept confidential.

Award decisions are based on family income, all family assets, including residence(s), retirement savings, other real estate holdings, stocks, bonds, equities, children’s savings, 529s, etc., and family liabilities. Home equity and retirement savings are considered as assets, and capital gains are considered as income. Child support is considered an expense to the payer and income to the payee. If able, all parents of school-aged children are expected to work towards the cost of tuition. An income of $25,000 will be imputed to a non-working, fully able adult with school-aged children. Education costs for adults or adult children are not allowed expenses, and we do not support a parent’s voluntary reduction of income with financial aid. We do not offer a work-study program for students to offset tuition costs, nor do we barter or trade services offered by parents in lieu of tuition. Tuition costs increase at an average of four percent each year, and the school assumes that a family’s ability to pay will increase as their children move through the school. If a family’s income does not change significantly from one year to the next, we attempt to maintain grant amounts for students as they move through the school.

GFS proudly offers over $4 million of aid each year to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. However, we still are unable to meet the need of all of our qualified applicants. Therefore, we offer aid to current families first, and then review the applications of newly accepted families. We wish we could meet all applicants’ demonstrated needs. However, because the demand for aid exceeds available aid funds, we prioritize offers of aid to students in the higher grades; children of alumni, faculty, and staff; students who are Quaker; and/or students who bring diversity to our community.

Please note, offers of aid to students in grades 1-5 are very limited.

Financial Aid Waitlist

Because our aid budget cannot meet all of the demands for aid, it is possible that some aid requests will be put into a Financial Aid Waitlist. In this case, do not submit the non-refundable deposit and Enrollment Contract. Offers of admission will be extended until your waitlisted status has been resolved. This could occur as late as the spring or early summer, when a current aid recipient declines an aid award or decides to withdraw from GFS, thus freeing those aid dollars for reallocation to someone on the Financial Aid Waitlist. We do not rank the Waitlist for aid, as reallocation of declined aid funds is dependent upon the specific grades where space is available for enrollment and the specific amount of aid needed by those on the Financial Aid Waitlist.

Decision and Award Acceptance Timeline

  • Financial aid award letters for new and current families are mailed shortly after February 1, 2019.
  • Acceptance of the award is indicated by completion and return of the signed Reenrollment and/or Enrollment Contract(s), submission of non-refundable deposit(s) by February 8, 2019, for current families (including those with a newly-accepted sibling); and by March 1, 2019, for new families.

    The non-refundable enrollment deposit(s) are credited to the upcoming year’s tuition balance.
  • Reconsiderations of aid awards are available, but only if all tax documents have been submitted to FAST and you have new financial information that was not part of the committee’s first review. To be considered, write a “Letter of Reconsideration” that details new financial information and address it to the GFS Financial Aid Committee.

    Please send a hard copy by U.S. mail to: Germantown Friends School
    Chris Breña, Director of Financial Aid
    31 West Coulter Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19144


Phone: 215-475-3039
Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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