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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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MLK Day of Service

Join us on campus to celebrate the life and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through acts of service. All are welcome to attend; simply arrive on campus at 8:30 a.m.

This year's theme is the 50th Anniversary of the Poor People's Campaign.


When you arrive on campus, you will select the service projects that you'll participate in. Some projects will require sign-up at the registration table when you arrive; other projects will welcome walk-ins throughout the event. 

8:30 a.m. 
Registration and t-shirt pick-up in the Main Building.
Drop off donations for Cradles to Crayons curbside on Coulter Street. 

9 a.m.
Assembly in the Poley Auditorium upstairs in the Main Building. Opening Speaker: Riley H. Ross III, J.D., M.A.

9:30 a.m.
Go to service project locations.

9:45 a.m.
Service projects and discussions in various locations.

11:45 a.m.
Free luncheon, generously donated by the Bynum family, in the cafeteria.

About the Theme

It's the 50th Anniversary of the Poor People's Campaign of 1968, Dr. King's effort to gain economic justice for the poor people of the United States.

For more information, read this piece in Time, "It's Time to Fight for America's Soul," by the co-chairs of the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.


Monday, January 15, 2018
8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Free and open to the community. 

Events will be taking place on campus at 31 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. 

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Cradles to Crayons Drive

Clear out your closets for Cradles to Crayons!  

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. Cradles to Crayons supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

On MLK Day, donation will take place curbside on Coulter Street. GFS will have a storage container on campus, in the Pennsbury Lot, for collection during the rest of the week as well.

Please bring new and/or gently used items for donation, including clothing, toys, books and more. And please remember the slogan “Quality Equals Dignity” when determining which items to donate.

Donation guidelines:

  • Children’s clothing (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
  • Winter coats (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
  • Winter hats & gloves
  • Sneakers & winter boots (sizes 0-adult 9)
  • Toys
  • Children’s books
  • New socks & underwear
  • School supplies (new)
  • Baby equipment (strollers, car seats, pack-n-plays, etc. No cribs.)
  • Baby hygiene items (New wipes, shampoo, lotion, powder, etc.)
  • Crib & bassinet bedding (blankets & sheets only)
  • Diapers, diaper bags, baby carriers


Luncheon will be provided in the cafeteria at 11:45 a.m. Many grateful thanks to the Bynum family and the staff of their restaurants Warmdaddy's, Relish, SOUTH, and Green Soul for generously donating the food for this event.