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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 of Color Initiative

Germantown Friends School recognizes our alumni of color as brilliant and creative members of our community. The Alumni of Color Initiative supports the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We will organize a vibrant array of events each year to build and sustain strong connections with GFS alumni of color.  

This initiative is a collaboration between the Alumni Office and the Diversity Leadership Team, in partnership with the Administrative Team at GFS. 

Please see the GFS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion pages.

Stay tuned for pictures from our recent screening of Toni Morrison's "The Pieces I Am" and panel discussion!

Fall Alumni of Color Gathering: November 22, 2019

In many respects, the stories of alumni of color at GFS have only just begun to be told. We hope you will bring your voice to the table for this kick-off event. Come reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and share your own unique story. 

Last year, as part of our Strategy Through Inquiry work and as part of our Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism study, we spent significant time rethinking and reimagining our GFS community: How could our community aspire to be more than it is? What if we intentionally re-thought our campus community into one that—in both content and character—better reflects the diversity of cultures, beliefs, and identities represented (and underrepresented) in our world? 

This year, we have begun to put into action the aspirational and actionable ideas from last year. The Alumni of Color Committee and the work it will undertake is a direct outgrowth of those conversations.

Our hope is that by more intentionally forming and building connections, we create a more aware and compassionate community. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to encourage listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story deserves to be heard. 

As noted diversity advocate Vernā Myers puts it, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”


Angela Campbell, PhD
Jen Chu ’03
Eduardo Collazo ’84
Erica Armstrong Dunbar ’90
Gabriel Esquenazi ’06
Desiree Grant ’09
Carol Kim Hannon ’01
Sandra Jewett ’74
Natasha Labbé
André Robert Lee ’89
Heeseung Lee ’91
Michelle Palmer
Kara Pride ’14
Meg Goldner Rabinowitz
Benjamin Thomas ’14
Francis Vargas ’90