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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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Meet Mental Performance Coach Colleen Kelly Finegan

Colleen Kelly Finegan joined the GFS Athletics staff as the Mental Performance Coach, in a year-round capacity, beginning in the fall 2022. This position is a first for the school and the first in the Friends School League. A former prolific collegiate basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Kelly Finegan will also bring her expertise to the Tigers as a Middle School Girls Basketball Coach. 

Coach Kelly Finegan holds a Master’s Degree in Positive Coaching and Athletic Leadership and is founder of the non-profit Positive Coaching and Leadership Group (PCLG). Her approach to mental wellness, particularly with young athletes, is multi-faceted and focused on five modules including visualization, positive self talk, goal-setting, gratitude, journaling, and mindfulness. She will be on campus every afternoon to conduct mental skill building sessions, primarily with the Middle School teams, and will also have office hours to provide guided support for primarily Upper School athletes on an individual basis. 

While mental wellness has been a focus on the collegiate and professional levels with mental health practitioners to support their athletes, GFS in partnership with Coach Kelly Finegan believes that it is as important to train your mind as it is your body at a young age. Her mental skills training aims to have a positive effect on participation, self-esteem, and self-concept, as well as reducing anxiety, symptoms of stress, and improving overall athlete well-being. The benefits of improved concentration, regulation of emotions, and a state of flow leads to optimism, Coach Kelly Finegan states, which is critical to improving athletic performance and coping with a sport-related slump. 

Coach Kelly Finegan's mental wellness program also includes a unique playbook to assist coaches and parents in providing mental skills training for young athletes. In addition to GFS, Coach Kelly Finegan and PCLG works with AAU teams, schools, and a private sports academy to help strengthen student-athletes' mindsets and improve their overall performance. 

Outside of her work, Coach Kelly Finegan is the founding general manager and head basketball coach for AAU Lower Merion Storm. She also coaches and serves as coordinator for the Narberth Girls Basketball Summer League.

Coach Kelly Finegan earned her M.Ed. from the University of Missouri, her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas, and her B.S. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she was a four-year letter winner on the Women's Basketball team and co-captain; a career 1000-point scorer; and the all-time leader in 3-pointers in a game, single season, and career at the time of graduation. Coach Kelly Finegan was an All-Ivy and All-Big 5 selection over several seasons.

"We use mental skills in every aspect of athletics and need to practice them exactly as we would practice basic fundamentals like dribbling, catching and throwing, and sculling, for example. I'm excited to grow this explicit mental skills component of our programming and for it to be accessible for our youngest athletes. With Colleen's expertise and in partnership with our coaches, our athletes will gain confidence in these critical skills early on, be able to practice them repeatedly, and reap the benefits in athletics and beyond. Colleen is so intentional and strong at making the concepts accessible, understandable, and applicable to athletes at all levels," said Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark. 

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