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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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An Interview With Keino Terrell, Director of Middle School

Get to know our new faculty and staff! The third interview in our Q&A series is with Keino Terrell, our new Director of Middle School. 

An Interview With Deb Brackett, Interim Director of Lower School

Get to know our faculty and staff, who are stepping into new roles this year! The second interview in our Q&A series is with Deb Brackett, who recently began as Interim Director of Lower School.

Senior Adin Esberg ’20 Shares His Voice

Senior Adin Esberg shares reflections about his individual journey finding and sharing his voice with the encouragement of the GFS community. 

Student Journalists Win Accolades

The GFS Upper School news magazine Earthquake recently won a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award (CSPA) for overall excellence. In addition, nine GFS students (in Upper and Middle School) won individual honors in the CSPA 2019 Gold Circle Awards.

GFS Students Bring Business Savvy to the National Stage

GFS students took part in the National Business Plan competition on Monday, 4/15, at the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square, NYC, and ranked among the top teams in the country!

Jackson Craig '19, Kate Kearns '19, and Adin Esberg '20 to Perform in NYC

When opportunity knocks, you pack up the band and head to NYC. That's the case for Jackson Craig '19 and his band, which includes Kate Kearns '19 and Adin Esberg '20, who were chosen to be a part of an NYU project.

Intercultural Understanding and Respect: Steven Pu '20 Film Screening + Lunchtime Chat

Join us at the Friends Free Library at noon on Tuesday, April 16, for a film screening of a documentary produced by junior Steven Pu about identity, culture, education, opportunity, and acceptance. 

GFS Mock Trial Team Places Second in State Championship

On Saturday, March 20, 2019, the GFS Mock Trial Varsity team placed second out of 300 teams in the annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.

Congratulations to Chloe Smith Frank '19, Kim Hua '19, Javier Carmona '20, Brenden Dahl '20, Sarah Miller '20, Erin Schott '20, Ava Sinai '20, and Julian Spiro '20.

Student-Run Film Festival Attracts International Interest

At the 2019 Philadelphia Youth Film Festival (PHYFF), creative high school students from all over the world were recently brought together by their love of film.  

ISP & Lunar New Year Celebration at GFS

The International Student Program, better known as ISP, is thriving at GFS. The most anticipated event of the year, the Lunar New Year Celebration, will take place on Saturday, 2/9, 6-8 p.m. in the Hargroves Center. All are welcome!

GFS Musicians Selected to Sing with National Honors Choir

Singers Jackson Craig '19, James Nalle '19, and Cella Reser '21 have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Honor Choir. Our students will meet in Kansas City, MO, for the 2019 ACDA National Conference to rehearse with a master conductor and perform choral music at the Kauffman Center.

GFSers Win Honors from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA announced News and Magazine Gold Circle Winners, highlighting the work of GFS student writers, photographers, and designers.