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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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Club Crew - Coed

GFS Rowing is a recent addition to the GFS Upper School athletics program. It is funded by the school, participating families and a group of generous members of the extended GFS community. The program is growing fast and currently rows out of Vesper Boat Club on Boathouse Row. GFS is committed to making crew available to all athletes and financial aid is available.

GFS Crew Handbook 2017-18



Varsity Head Crew Coach: Aaron Preetam
Novice Head Crew Coach: Brian Severi
Assistant Varsity Coach: Jackie Davison
Assistant Novice Coach: Ian Luetzow


Additional Information

Seasons and Fees

Fall Rowing

The season runs from approximately one week prior to the beginning of the school year through late October. Practices take place after school Tuesday-Friday, and Saturday mornings. Most practices are at Vesper Boat Club. There are approximately three competitions (regattas) during the season held on the Schuylkill River. The fee for the fall season is $900.

Winter Training

Training takes place from December until mid-February and consists of weights, cardio and erging. Practices take place after school Monday-Friday on campus and at the nearby GFS Athletic Fields. Winter training culminates in an indoor Erg Competition in mid-February. There is no fee for winter training.

Spring Rowing

The season runs from late February through mid-May. Varsity practices take place after school Tuesday-Friday, and on Saturday mornings. Novice rowers will practice after school Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, and on Saturday mornings. Most practices take place at Vesper Boat Club but one erg practice a week is held on campus. Training during the second week of spring break is mandatory for all rowers (Varsity and Novice). Regatta competitions are held most Sundays in late March through mid-May. The fee for the spring season is $2,600. Some rowers will qualify and compete in national competitions in late May and June. There are additional travel costs and entry fees for rowing in national regattas.


During the fall and spring seasons, there is a weekday shuttle from school to Boathouse Row. Students are responsible for getting home from Boathouse Row during the week and to/from on Saturdays, race days and during spring break training. Carpooling is recommended.


Athletes new to rowing (Novices) must complete a learn-to-row program and show proof of swimming proficiency. Learn-to-row programs are offered by local rowing organizations and generally take two weeks to complete. They are typically offered in the summer and fall and occasionally in the late winter.

Athletes interested in joining GFS Crew should contact Aaron Preetam for details on how to fulfill these requirements.

2019 Spring Crew Registration Form


Name Grade
James Appleberry 12
Margaret Bigelow 12
Sara Cherubini 10
Annika Ehrlacher 12
Nathan Fireman 11
Otis Harrison 10
Megan Hua 12
Jekeun Jung 12
Owen Keim 12
Avnish Kulkarni 12
Lana Lee 11
Norah Lee 10
Robert May 11
Isabel Mehta 12
Jack Miller 12
Vanessa Mirage 12
Luzia Nehez 11
Sophia Ortega 11
Finnian Osborne 12
Amory Park 12
Taylor Peterson 10
Theodore Ryan 11
Amelia Sanchirico 11
Alec Sandroni 12
Aden Solomon 10
Rich Soong 11

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