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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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is FAST?

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. To ease the online application process, FAST provides 24/7 help desk support. The helpline is 1-877-326-FAST (3278).

How is my family's need determined?

FAST processes aid applications and suggests 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 W-2s and 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.

How do I explain a special circumstance that influences my financial situation?

There is an opportunity to write a brief letter or explanation of any extenuating circumstances on the FAST application in the Letter to School section.

After I submit a financial aid application, what are the possible outcomes?

The GFS Financial Aid Committee will meet in mid-January to review all aid applications for families who are currently enrolled and new families who have been accepted for admission.

If eligible for aid, you will receive an award letter shortly after February 1, 2019.

If you qualify for aid but the aid budget is insufficient for an award to be made, you will be placed on the 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.

If you do not qualify for aid at GFS, you will receive a letter stating that you do not qualify.

If I qualify for aid and receive an award, will I receive a similar amount for each year my child is offered re-enrollment at GFS?

Each year, families must reapply for financial aid through FAST because a family’s income and situation may vary from year to year. If your financial situation does not change, we will make every effort to continue to provide the same amount of aid from one year to the next. It is generally expected that a family’s capacity to pay will increase over the years.

What are the qualifications for aid at GFS?

To have your application for aid reviewed, you must have a Re-enrollment or New Enrollment Agreement extended to you for your child.

Current families must be up-to-date with their accounts. (Re-enrollment Agreements may be held for academic or financial reasons.) You must have a completed aid application on file with FAST by the deadline including prior year state and federal tax forms.

Current families on “Re-enrollment Hold”, or those who apply late, are in jeopardy of not receiving aid.

Does GFS have an income cut-off to qualify for aid?

Our financial aid program is designed to allow greater access to a GFS education, so we encourage families to apply for financial aid if they feel they need it. Few families find it easy to pay independent school tuition. Most adjust their spending priorities, maximize earnings, and carefully manage assets to do so. All families have specific and different circumstances, and therefore quantifying a specific income level of eligibility is difficult. Award amounts range between very small awards ($1,500 range) to almost full tuition ($34,000 range). All GFS families pay something towards GFS tuition.

Are there other costs beyond tuition at GFS?

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. Auxiliary programming and transportation costs (optional) are also not included.

Families already enrolled can apply to The Rubenstone Fund (restricted to Community Scholars) or to the general Financial Aid program for assistance with these extra costs if they experience hardship with non-tuition program or activity costs.

What about divorced, separated, never married, and single parents?

GFS considers the income and assets of any adult who plays a significant parenting role in a student’s life. All adults (parents, stepparents, guardians, and others who pay tuition) are required to provide their tax information to FAST as part of the financial aid application. GFS cannot be bound by the assertion that a parent has disclaimed financial responsibility for educational costs for a child. All parents who share legal custody of a child are required to sign the Enrollment Contract(s).

Are there other sources of financial aid?

Sometimes groups outside of GFS make scholarship grants on behalf of specific students. These grants, which are paid directly to GFS, are included as part of any financial aid package and are not considered additional funds. Enrolled students who meet the criteria for scholarship programs such as EITC and OSTC qualify the school to receive those monies, thus replenishing the total financial aid budget.

What if there is a change in my income between the time the award is given in February and April, when I file taxes?

Awards given in February are contingent upon receipt of the final taxes, which are to be sent to FAST no later than April 1, 2019. GFS may change or adjust the preliminary award amount depending upon any new information.