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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) is a need based financial aid analysis service provided by Independent School Management, which helps to ensure that our review to establish financial need adheres to national standards. FAST is designed to be responsive to families. It is flexible in terms of the information it accommodates and allows families to represent their own particular circumstances accurately.
FAST processes all financial aid applications and provides to GFS a recommended financial aid amount based on a calculation of a family’s income, assets, debts and obligations, size of family, tuitions paid elsewhere, and any other financial information shown on the applicant’s federal and state tax returns, W-2s and accompanying schedules, as well as final paychecks from employers. The GFS Financial Aid Committee will use the suggested award calculation from FAST as a guideline in its consideration of a family’s demonstrated financial need.
Yes. Tuition and activity fees cover the cost of tuition and most grade-wide activities, but do not cover the costs of lunch, non-grade-wide field trips, books and reading materials, sports uniforms, and some other small program fees that are particular to certain classes. Extended Day programming and transportation costs (optional) are also not included. (See “Extra Expenses” section of brochure.)
Families already enrolled and experiencing hardship with non-tuition program or activity costs are encouraged to contact Chris Breña, Director of Financial Aid, for assistance.
GFS considers the income and assets of any adult who plays a significant parenting role in a student’s life. All adults (parents, step parents, guardians, and others who pay tuition) are required to provide their tax information to FAST as part of the financial aid application.