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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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Making art on the grass

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GFS is a school profoundly alive with the energy of the arts. The evidence is everywhere: corridors that vibrate with color and echo with music, stages brought to life almost daily with productions. Creativity and performance are woven into our culture—every day, across every division.

Strength in Wonders

Whether Kindergartners are singing before an assembly or Upper Schoolers are staging Ibsen, the vibrancy of our arts program is hard to miss. The choir tours internationally. The theater program takes on modern masterworks from around the world—along with classic musicals like Guys and Dolls and Pirates of Penzance. The art department transforms the campus into one giant gallery for the annual spring All-School Art Show.

In the Early Childhood Program and in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, GFS offers a rich and deep curriculum in visual and the performing arts.

Threads of art history and music theory weave through classes in the earliest grades, while in later years, students explore advanced electives and embrace ambitious artistic challenges.

The school’s facilities support this top-caliber program with spacious, light-filled studios, numerous practice rooms, and a mainstage theater with professional quality lighting and sound. The strength of the GFS arts program is not only that it allows students of talent to go far, but that it involves all of our students in creative and meaningful ways.

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