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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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Middle School Program Objectives

Athletics are an integral part of Germantown Friends School, from physical education to inter-school competition.

On this page you will find an organized list of the objectives that we strive to achieve with our Middle School student-athletes. These ideals help make our community of TIGERS one we can all be proud of.

Our Program

We believe in providing our students with the opportunity to learn about a variety of sports, to experience the lessons of teamwork and sportsmanship, and to develop fundamental skills and game strategies in an engaging and challenging atmosphere. Development and skill progression in Middle School sports are vital to the overall success of our entire athletic program. 

Current Goals:
  • Athletics at GFS partners with nine Friends Schools League schools on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives, connecting with other Middle School coaches in the area.
  • GFS coaches provide developmentally appropriate strength & conditioning workouts, which make fitness fun and engaging for students.
  • Middle School Athletics offers introductory sessions to sports such as squash, wrestling, field hockey, and more.
  • Dynamic warm ups give students a strong foundation for movement, balance, and core strength, and prepare them to move into the Upper School Athletics program.
  • Athletics staff are working to enhance the sports requirement to address the needs of our sixth graders, including those who are trying new sports.
  • At GFS, we are increasing competitive options at the A level.
  • The Athletics program addresses the transition from Middle to Upper School in a holistic way, connecting with Upper School program and Varsity coaches.

Middle School Athletics/Activities

Middle School athletics/activities run Monday through Friday, from 2-3:30 p.m. We look forward to having our student-athletes back and in competition this fall. Coaches are in the process of determining teams and game and competition schedules will be shared. Coaches have shared attire and equipment requirements with students.