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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

Kate K.
Kate K.
How many years have you been a student tour guide?

One year.

What is your favorite thing about GFS and why?

My favorite thing about GFS is the plethora of communities that I am able to be a part of. Whether it's grade-wide, school-wide, or based on the extracurriculars that I do, I've found myself a part of so many tight-knit groups. 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.

What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?

Big Sibs, Drama, Drama Leader, A Cappella, A Cappella Director, Choir, Chorus, SAGA Member, Track Manager, GFS Tour Guide

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

Being a member of GFS A Cappella has been my favorite experience at GFS. It's a small group (20 people) of incredibly talented singers and musicians. It's a big time commitment, but we all love it so much that it doesn't matter. We spend hours every week singing, which is one of my favorite things to do. We perform fun, upbeat songs, and it's so obvious to the audience that we love what we are capable of creating together. Being a part of GFS a cappella and having the honor of being able to direct for the group has been amazing. I have made so many friends, both in my grade and out. I wouldn't trade the experience I have had with this group for anything. 

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

I think GFS is an environment where students are able to create life-long relationships and connections. Going to a small school like GFS might at first glance seem confining, but I realize that I wouldn't want to have it any other way. High school is stressful no matter where you go, but GFS has made it eternally easier. I have been able to become close with my teachers. I know that I can go to them if I have any problem. Additionally, being in a class of about 85, I have been able to create a relationship with everyone in my class. As I look into senior year, I have no idea where I would be if I wasn't able to create the friendships and academic relationships that I did.

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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