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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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Financial Aid Application Process

Financial aid is only available for families with students who are applying to Kindergarten through grade 12. The deadline for submitting financial aid applications, as well as supporting documents, is January 6, 2020.


  1. Click on the FAST button icon to begin your application. The application process itself is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program, which allows you to partially complete an application and return to it later.

    Before starting the FAST application, we recommend that you review the Downloadable Worksheet and User Guide provided by FAST in order to familiarize yourself with the program. A helpline is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-877-326-FAST (3278).
  2. Since preliminary financial aid awards will be based on 2019 earnings along with 2018 tax information, parents will need to explain their 2019 earnings in the Letter to School section of the FAST online application.

    Please use this section to explain if anticipated 2020 earnings will be greater than, less than, or the same as 2019 earnings, and any other unusual circumstances in your family’s financial situation.
  3. To complete the online portion of your financial aid application, please pay the $45 application fee. FAST accepts Visa and MasterCard.
  4. Please gather final 2019 paycheck(s) and W-2s from each employer that show the total income for every financially responsible parent or guardian.

    Please follow the instructions on how to scan and upload copies of final 2019 paycheck(s) and W-2s directly to FAST by January 6, 2020
  5. All awards offered are contingent upon receipt of final 2019 tax and income information.

    Please follow the instructions provided by FAST to scan and upload files digitally or mail signed paper copies of your 2019 Federal and State tax returns, W-2s and accompanying schedules to FAST by April 1, 2020.

    GFS will confirm or possibly change your award, based on your 2019 final tax and income information.

    All required parent tax and income documentation must be scanned and uploaded digitally, or mailed to the following address:
    1316 North Union Street
    Wilmington, DE 19806-2594

    If you mail hard copies, FAST will upload the information to your aid application file, shred the hard copy, and alert us that your documents have been submitted.

    PLEASE NOTE: Since tuition billing for 2020-21 will begin in the spring of 2020, it is essential that you meet the April 1 deadline above in order to confirm and credit any aid awarded to your tuition bill. Our financial aid timeline and process cannot accommodate families who file their taxes with the IRS after April 15, 2020.


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

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