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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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Community Engagement

“GFS will expand its role as an active participant in a larger system of thriving organizations within our community, and deepen our relationship with teachers, students, and neighbors throughout the city, across the country, and around the world.” - Strategic Vision

What is Community Engagement?

Aligned with the GFS program and mission, community engagement celebrates the Light in everyone: in our neighbors, families, and students. Led by Dr. Zarah Adams and teachers in every division, our students are encouraged to learn about issues impacting our city and world. They learn to ask questions and research solutions, identify partners, and engage in a meaningful, ongoing manner. 

How are Students and Families Involved?

While many activities are student-driven and led, teachers and adults serve as guides, ensuring that everyone fully understands the important role our neighbors play in our lives and our world. Student clubs, including Community Engagement Club, Gardening, and Education Justice support local drives and initiatives that combat food and clothing insecurity, partnering with other schools and organizations, and tapping into the collective power of our current family and alumni bodies. With some of our signature programs, our teachers lead, sharing their expertise and love of teaching and learning with others outside of GFS.

How does GFS engage with the community?

Community Enrichment Programs

First page of the PDF file: GFSCommunityEnrichmentProgramsFlyerFall2020

What's New in Community Engagement?

Dr. Zarah Adams: Director of Community Engagement

Dr. Zarah Adams has been a long-standing member of the Germantown Friends School Community as a parent, an educator, and a leader of community engagement efforts. Through her dedication to educational equity, Dr. Zarah is an advocate for students and families.

Contact Zarah