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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Shawn Werdt of Roxborough is entering his fourth season as the Germantown Friends School Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach. He is also entering his third year as a member of the Germantown Friends Faculty as a Physical Education teacher.
Last year, after graduating four starters, GFS once again made the Friends Schools League playoffs.
In Coach Werdt’s second season at the helm, the Tigers finished with a 21-5 record and a runner-up finish in the Friends League Championship as well as another berth in the PAISAA post-season state tournament. It was the first time since 1997 that a Germantown Friends School team made it to the FSL Championship game. The 2014-15 team achieved the second most wins in the history of the school as well as finishing in the Philadelphia Inquirer Southeastern PA Top 25 for the first time in school history. Four of the graduating student athletes have gone on to play college basketball and three of those players were named to the FSL All League Team. For such a historic season at Germantown Friends School, Coach Werdt was awarded the City of Basketball Love Inter-Ac and Friends League Coach of the Year.
In Coach Werdt’s first season, he led the Varsity team to many new and exciting firsts for the program. They qualified for the Friends Schools League Playoffs for the first time since 2007 and also qualified for the schools first-ever appearance in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) post-season state tournament. The Tigers also doubled their total number of league wins from the previous season.
The past three summers, Coach Werdt has run the highly-successful GFS Community Basketball and Enrichment Camp. The camp is an updated version of the Summer Basketball, Reading and Computer Clinic which has been a mainstay of the school’s community outreach since the 1980s. It is designed to address the recreational, athletic, and academic needs of students entering grades 3 -9. Instruction is given in the areas of basketball, reading, and mathematics.
Werdt has five years of college-level coaching experience at Philadelphia University, and was mentored by the legendary Herb Magee. During his tenure, the Rams earned three NCAA Tournament appearances and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. He was co-director of the Herb Magee Basketball Camps and Clinics, where he specialized in shooting instruction. From there he went on to create his own basketball academy, Shawn Werdt Elite Skills. Werdt was a four-year varsity letter award winner at West Chester University. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education as well as a Master's Degree in Exercise Science. Werdt looks forward to continuing to take the basketball program to new heights.
Read the 2013 article about Coach Werdt on the City of Basketball Love website! Read more