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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.

  • Truth
  • Shine
  • Connected
  • Simple
  • Care
  • Peace

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Alumni Week(end) 2021

Celebrate friendships, milestones, and our 175th Anniversary! 

Hear from Head of School Dana Weeks, take a virtual stroll through the GFS archives, and participate in engaging GFS Master Classes led by fellow Tigers. We will cap off the week with our demisemiseptcentennial (175th) celebration—a virtual "evening-in" fundraiser to support scholarship at GFS. The event will include exciting announcements, musical guests, good vibes, lots of laughter, and some surprises!

Alumni Week(end) registration is now closed, but please contact the Alumni Office with any questions.

Week(end) Schedule

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Welcome address from Head of School Dana Weeks

“Around Campus” Videos and Resources

Virtual Poley Festival: Featuring a Reader’s Theatre Performance
7:30 p.m.
Join GFS Theatre for this year’s Virtual Poley Festival, an annual celebration of student work in theatre, film, and dance. This year, each night highlights a different aspect of the program and includes both live and remote performances. RSVP for the Zoom link or contact the Alumni Office.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

GFS Master Classes
Available on-demand.

Virtual Poley Festival: Featuring Student Films and a Talk Back With the Creator
7:30 p.m.

Join GFS Theatre for this year’s Virtual Poley Festival, an annual celebration of student work in theatre, film, and dance. RSVP for the Zoom link or contact the Alumni Office.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Virtual Welcome Reception
6-7 p.m.
Hosted on Gatherly
RSVP for the link or please contact the Alumni Office.

Milestone Reunion Virtual Gatherings
Milestone Reunion Virtual Gatherings are being planned for the classes ending in '0, '1, '5, and '6. For more information, contact your class reunion committee or the GFS Alumni Office.

GFS Master Classes
Available on-demand.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Virtual Alumni Baseball Trivia and Social
10 a.m.

Virtual Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m.
Join us for a virtual Meeting for Worship.

West Award Presentation
11:45 a.m.
A presentation of the West Alumni Award takes place virtually this year.

West Award 2020 & 2021 Honorees:

  • Marie Golson ’77 (2021 recipient)
  • Carla Childs ’66 (2021 recipient)
  • Jack Rhoads ’56 (2021 recipient)
  • John Relman ’75 (2020 recipient)
  • Marc DiNardo ’80 (2020 recipient)
  • Presented by the West family (Sally West Williams ’72, Ann Figueredo ’80, Bruce West ’74)

Meditation + Breathwork with Nalaverse
12:30 p.m.
A pre-recorded workshop will be followed by a live Q&A with Theresa Shropshire ’11 (Co-Founder & CEO), Jane Maguire ’12 (Co-founder & COO), and Jarred Turner ’12 (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion).

Alumni Panel Conversation: From Page to Screen
3 p.m.
Join us for a discussion with Dan Shotz ’95 (Film Producer); Polly Auritt ’99 (Head of Development at Unicorn Island Productions); Reiss Clauson-Wolf ’09 (Screenwriter); Willa Slaughter ’08 (Assistant to Lorne Michaels); and Katie Low ‘08 (Animator at Disney); moderated by André Robert Lee ’89 (Filmmaker).

A Virtual 175th Celebration!
Please join us for the culminating celebration of the year! Emceed by GFS parent and 6ABC anchor Nydia Han, we will gather for a virtual “evening in” fundraiser for scholarship at GFS. In addition to enjoying the musical talents of the Alex Levin Trio, Maya Keren, and G. Love, we will hear a few exciting surprise announcements! Admission is free, but donations are graciously appreciated. Sponsorship packages are available. All funds raised will support scholarship at GFS.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Meeting for Worship with Germantown Monthly Meeting
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join Germantown Monthly Meeting members and attendees for a virtual Meeting for Worship.

May 12-16, 2021

All Alumni Are Welcome!

Milestone Reunion Virtual Gatherings are being planned for the Classes ending in '0, '1, '5, and '6.

New Alumni Directory

We are pleased to share a new way for alumni to stay connected: the GFS Alumni Community website and mobile app, now powered by Graduway. No matter where you live or how busy your schedule is, you can connect with other alums via your desktop and smartphone to keep up to date with the latest GFS and alumni news.

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