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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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Student Tour Guides

Carlee N.
Carlee N.
How many years have you been a student tour guide?

One year.

What is your favorite thing about GFS and why?

I like the school's open-minded approach for welcoming students and the many opportunities the school offers to students considering or coming to GFS. You can be a part of so many groups as a student and be equally accepted in each organization.

What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?

Big Sibs, Varsity Lacrosse, Soccer, FOCUS, ANNO (yearbook), a DIS in Sports management and performance, and GFS tour guide. 

What has been your favorite GFS experience? What made it so special?

My Monday mornings at GFS, sophomore year. Sophomore year, I was assigned a tour guide shift for Monday morning, the first period of the day. Although you would expect otherwise, I really enjoyed welcoming people into the GFS community as a tour guide and it really gave me a more positive outlook for the rest of my day and my week.

Parents often ask: "What makes GFS unique?" How would you answer that question?

At GFS, the teachers will push you to be your best, and so will your friends. But we move as a community and you always have a place at GFS, no matter your identity or your opinion. Candidly, like any school, we have our ups and downs. However, at GFS the staff and faculty work closely with the students to improve our community and education. Germantown Friends School is a unique school that aims to help students grow, and I will say that in every tour. 

Jesse M.

"My favorite thing about GFS is the environment that the students create. While I haven't gone to another school before, from what I've heard it's a very accepting and friendly community in comparison to other schools."

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Joshua K.

"I love the culture of support at GFS. Everyone is challenging themselves in new ways and they are supported in doing so by all those around them."

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Kate K.

"I really value the emphasis that GFS puts on creating strong, long-lasting relationships with the communities we are a part of, and the encouragement we receive to find others who share the same passions."

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Aidan C.

"What makes GFS unique is definitely the connections with the teachers. I feel very comfortable reaching out to any of my teachers if I have questions about any work or material we are covering in class. As a senior, these connections have come in handy when asking for college recommendations."

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Naomi L.

"My favorite thing about GFS is the students' freedom and the encouragement for them to pursue what they are interested in and passionate about."

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