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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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Open House, Tours & Events

There is no better way to learn about GFS than an in person tour of our vibrant campus in historic Germantown, where the diverse energies and talents of our students and faculty can be felt and seen and heard. But alas, during the time of mandated precautions in response to the pandemic, we have moved our GFS  Admissions Open House events to online virtual experiences.

View a recording of our October Open House. Interested in a specific division? Email to watch more about Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle, or Upper School

2020 OPEN HOUSE schedule

Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, we have transitioned our upcoming Open Houses into online events for prospective families. Stay tuned for for upcoming virtual events to hear from GFS leadership, staff, faculty, and students. We look forward to connecting and introducing you to the rich array of learning opportunities that a GFS education offers!   

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Check back for more Open House events, coming soon!

Admissions Lunchtime Chats

Community Conversations: Wednesday, December 2, 12-1 p.m.

Register for an upcoming event by clicking the link below!

GFS Admissions doors are open, albeit remotely, through video-conferencing, email and phone! Please email us at or fill out an Admissions application and we will set up a time to learn about your family and your interest in GFS. We look forward to connecting with you soon! 

GFS Class of 2020 at a Glance

  • Admits to all 8 Ivy League Schools and Stanford
  • Admits to 5 women’s colleges
  • 47% admit rate to the University of Pennsylvania
  • 6 students admitted to Columbia
  • 7 students admitted to Macalester
  • 1 student admitted to Drexel’s 7-year medical program
  • 1 student admitted to Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music
  • 9 recruited athletes
  • $7 million in merit based scholarships reported (as of 3/31/20)


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