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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

Naomi L.
Naomi L.
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 students' freedom and the encouragement for them to pursue what they are interested in and passionate about. At GFS, students aren't limited to just the core subjects and traditional classes, they can learn about anything. One friend of mine took a Global Online Academy course on bioethics because she is passionate about dairy science and farming. I personally have participated in a Directed Independent Study in which I help out in a math class at a local elementary school once a week. There are so many different ways to learn and GFS encourages and supports students to pursue all different interests. 

What extracurricular activities or student groups do you participate in?

Leader of Big Sibs, Leader of Cooking Club, Choir/Chorus, JV Tennis, Environmental Action Club, Community Action Club, Theater

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

One of my favorite experiences I've had at GFS has been being a Big Sib in a second grade classroom in the GFS Lower School. I really enjoy helping out in the class and getting to know the kids. Whether I'm helping them with math, writing, or just playing tag with them on the playground, spending that time with them has been really meaningful for me. It has become something to look forward to in my week. Being a Big Sib and connecting with Lower School students is such a significant part of my school experience and I'm very glad to have the opportunity to do so. 

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

One of the things that makes GFS so unique to me is the relationship between the students and teachers. Consistent with our Quaker values, students at GFS call their teachers by their first names. This creates a relationship based on mutual respect and collaboration. Teachers at GFS are excited not only to teach but to learn from their students. Therefore, classes are often discussion-based and students are always encouraged to share different points of views. These relationships also extend beyond the classroom. My teachers at GFS genuinely want to know about me and how I'm doing, which is not something you find at every school. Whenever I see my seventh grade homeroom teacher around campus he still gives me a high five and asks me how I'm doing every time. The relationship I have with my teachers is one of the aspects of GFS that I most cherish and appreciate. 

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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