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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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Meet Our Team

From left to right:

Shira Hammarhead, Director of Kindergarten Admissions
Janine Mancini, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist
Nancy Burrows, Assistant to the Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, Financial Aid Coordinator
Brandon Jones '00, Director of Upper School Admissions and Diversity Recruitment
Laura Sharpless Myran '78, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid
Charla Okewole, Director of Lower School Admissions
Danielle Miller, Admissions Coordinator
Lynne Tucker, Director of Middle School and International Admissions

Questions? We'd love to hear from you. Please email us.

Student Tour Guides

Hyunji K.

"With Directed Independent Studies (DIS), Global Online Academies (GOA), and clubs, the school offers countless opportunities for us to find and experiment with what we want to do and promote respect and diversity as we support each other in these activities."

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Toby S.

"I think what makes GFS unique is, despite the reputation of the very competitive nature, everyone here really wants to see everyone else succeed, and that goes for both teachers and students."

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Allie L.

"Although not all GFS students, teachers, and administrators are religious by any means, the influence of Quaker values in our school has been life-changing in giving each of our students a well-rounded, unique education."

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Caroline K.

"The community inspires me to be my best. It is hard to not want to be involved in extracurriculars and your school work when you see everyone around you doing the same."

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Madeline F.

"Everyone here, from teachers to coaches to your peers, have committed themselves to finding the way that will make you shine, which may be different from others."

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