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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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International Student Program

To promote connections among cultures, Germantown Friends School welcomes students from outside the United States to apply to our International Student Program (ISP). Because GFS is not a boarding school, a small number of ISP students are accepted into the program. If a student is accepted and enrolls, ISP provides a homestay with a family that is well-known to our community.
  The International Student Program (ISP) includes:

  • American family homestays
  • Periodic progress reports
  • One-on-one academic tutoring
  • College counseling
  • Medical insurance
  • Cafeteria meal plans
  • New student orientation week


We are pleased to consider applications from international students for Upper School for the 2020-2021 school year.

International students should apply for Upper School admissions through the SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO). The international application fee is $100.00 USD.


Confidential Teacher Recommendation

The SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO) will prompt you to supply an email address for your current math and English teachers. Your teachers will be requested by email to complete and submit their recommendations online, at which point it will be added to your application. Recommendation forms must be completed in English.

Please request that your recommendations and records be submitted before January 6, 2020.

Standardized Testing

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English.

For applicants whose native language is not English, and whose language of instruction for the most recent four years of schooling has not been English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. We will only accept test scores directly from TOEFL; we do not accept copies from the student's school or consultant. To prevent delays, be sure to list GFS as a score recipient when you register for the test. Register online at or call 609-771-7100. The TOEFL code for GFS is #3188.
English skills must be very strong. Accepted students generally have TOEFL iBT scores in the 90-100 range.

All applicants (international and domestic) must take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). We will only accept test scores directly from SSAT; we will not accept scores from your school or consultant. To prevent delays, please be sure to list GFS as a score recipient when you register for the test. Register online at or call 609-683-4440. The SSAT code for GFS is #3397.

Transcript and School Records

The SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO) will prompt you to supply an email address for your school principal or administrator who will submit your transcript. Your administrator will be requested by email to complete and submit your transcript online, at which point it will be added to your application.

Please ask your child's school to send an official copy of school records, including grades from the current grading period. Transcripts should be translated into English and certified as official by your child's school.

English Writing Sample

Please supply a graded writing sample in English that has been completed for school and graded by a teacher.

Interviews and Student Visits to GFS

Once the applicant's supplemental information is received, it will be reviewed and the Admissions staff will proceed from there. If it is not possible for the applicant's family to visit the GFS campus, we will schedule online interviews for the student and parents using Skype. Because of the large volume of international applicants, Skype interviews are granted by invitation only.

Timeline for International Applications

First-Round International Applications
  • Families must submit the Standard Application Online (SAO) by December 6, 2019, and all steps of the application process must be completed by January 6, 2020 to be considered for first-round review.
  • Families who have completed the application process by January 6, 2020 will be notified of the admission decision on or about February 1, 2020.
  • To enroll your child you must return the Enrollment Agreement, ISP Agreement and non-refundable deposits by March 1, 2020.

Costs and Important Dates

If your child is accepted and enrolls with GFS, our International Student Program will provide a homestay for your child with a family that is well-known to our community. Please note that no independent or third-party (agency) homestays are permitted.

The cost of the GFS International Student Program (ISP) is $27,500 USD and will include a ten-month homestay, a week-long new student orientation prior to the start of school, private English tutoring, college counseling, international medical insurance and a student meal plan. Parents will receive bimonthly progress reports from the ISP staff.

During ISP New Student Orientation Week, students will set up a debit account at Wells Fargo Bank with the bank representative on campus. Parents will be given the wiring information to fund this debit account, to which their children will have access 24/7. The initial deposit is recommended at $2,500 USD to be replenished by the parents as needed.

The GFS tuition and fees, and the International Student Program cost ($27,500 USD) will be due on or before May 1 for the following school year. The ISP homestay deposit ($12,500 USD) is due on April 1 and is required to guarantee your child's place in the upcoming school year. Contracts and permission forms will be sent to parents on or before June 1.

ISP Information in English and translations

First page of the PDF file: ISP_Program_Overview_2019


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First page of the PDF file: ISP_Homestay_Program_2019