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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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Alumni Care Package

To all of our alumni, please know that we are thinking about you and your families during this remarkably complex time. We hope the following "care package"—news, events, photos, and resources—provides moments of hope, love, and community. We look forward to seeing you back on campus as soon as possible. In the meantime, please reach out at any time and join us in holding all impacted by COVID-19 in the Light.

A Message from Dana Weeks

Alumni Updates

Alumni Weekend Canceled
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our May 2020 Alumni Weekend has been canceled. Although we won’t be able to host you on campus this spring, we are ramping up our alumni communications and have exciting plans to stay connected through virtual programming. More details to come!

Connect with GFS Alumni 
Stay connected with alumni through the GFS Alumni Community website and mobile app. No matter where you live or how busy you are, you can connect with former classmates via your computer and smartphone to keep up-to-date with the latest GFS and alumni news. Learn more.



Our talented, committed teachers created a thoughtful remote learning program designed to reflect the depth and breadth of the everyday GFS experience and bring students together.

Headlining From Home

The GFS Choir sings "Benediction" (Lutkin), a prayer for peace.

Reading Suggestions

Our alumni magazine, the Bulletin, offers cheerful stories about our alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

Alumni Reflections

Do you have any words of wisdom you'd like to pass along to our seniors? Take a moment to share your thoughts, a poem, and even a photo to the Class of 2020.


From the Front Lines: Ken Hellendall '73 shares his experience as an Emergency Management Leader

Ken has spent most of this life focused on helping people and communities. In fact, Ken began volunteering for the Township of Cheltenham in high school. Today, he continues to support his hometown and city—and his mission to help others during crisis—by serving as the Emergency Management Coordinator and EMS Director and Chief of Operations for the Township of Cheltenham. Beyond his role, Ken advises and consults other organizations in their efforts to prepare for crises and create safe protocols. 

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Doing More to be Anti-Racist

I am moved by those who courageously lift their voices—through words and actions—to challenge each of us and our school to take stock of our own complicity in the fact that we still live in a world in which Black people are systematically oppressed, mistreated, and murdered at the hands of the white majority. We can do better, our school can do more, and as the head of our school, I can do more.

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