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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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Upper School

Program Objectives:

  • To create competitive teams
  • To enhance and refine fundamental skills and strengthen game strategies
  • To develop an atmosphere of success
  • To allow student-athletes to mature by facing the challenges inherent in competitive sports
  • To develop and enhance qualities of leadership, commitment and responsibility
  • To insist upon sportsmanship at all times
  • To develop each student-athletes’s understanding of his/her role within the framework of a team

Student-Athlete Eligibility

A student-athlete must be in good standing in the community. Eligibility to participate is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Athletic Department in consultation with the Principal. Additionally all student-athletes must have submitted their Parental Consent Form and their Health Forms to be eligible for games or practice.

Athletic Requirements

9th grade: two seasons of afternoon sports are required

10th grade: one season is required

11th and 12th grades: no sports requirement, but many student-athletes play one or more JV or varsity sports. Participation in athletics by 11th and 12th graders can also fulfill Physical Education requirements. See the Upper School Course Catalog for details.


Students who have demonstrated a clear course of study and solid commitment to an out-of-school sport may request an exemption from one athletic season at GFS. Since this out-of-school sport would replace an existing part of the school curriculum, both family and school must give careful thought to such a decision. Parents must write a letter to the Principal and Athletic Director to explain the reasons for the exemption. We want to support students in their passion and commitment to sports that we do not offer.

Criteria for Team Membership

Establishing criteria for making a particular team—"varsity vs. junior varsity", "A" vs. "B", and/or the number of student-athletes on a given team—are the responsibility of the athletic director and the respective head coach, taking into consideration the school’s philosophy regarding athletics.

Teams may be adjusted to fit the needs of the student-athletes as required and at the discretion of the athletic director and the respective coaches.

Student-athletes may not play two different sports at GFS during the same season. GFS Athletics also adheres to all pertinent league rules regarding eligibility of student-athletes.

Membership on any team is a commitment from the opening day of practice through the last regular season game or match or any post season play such as the Friends Schools League playoffs or state tournaments. All student-athletes are expected to attend all games and practices. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to organize his or her time and priorities so that commitments to both academics and athletics are fulfilled. It is also the responsibility of the student-athlete to notify classroom teachers of absences or early dismissals from class at least one day prior to the occurrence when the absence or dismissal is caused by an athletic contest. The student-athlete is responsible to make up work resulting from such a dismissal. All student-athletes are expected to be at school on time the day following an athletic contest. In order for a student-athlete to be able to participate in a practice or a game, the student-athlete should be in school for the entire day. The appropriate principal, in consultation with the Athletic Directors, must approve exceptions to these policies.

Any team member who is injured but able to attend school is expected to be at all practices and games unless personally excused by the head coach, for physical limitations do not preclude a student-athlete from being able to assist the team in some way. If a student-athlete absolutely must miss a practice session or a game, the coach must be notified at least a day in advance. The coach and Athletic Director will make the final decision as to whether a student-athlete is excused. With any unexcused absence or with excessive excused absences from practices or games, the student-athlete’s membership on the team and receipt of an athletic credit will be subject to review.