GFS collaborates with local community organizations on community drives for our neighbors. Learn how to support our current drive.
“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?
Learn about our partner organizations and the ways in which you can engage the Germantown community!
GFS co-leads with universities and neighborhood associations to create and open a space for community projects in art, sustainability and education.
Community Enrichment Programs
What's New in Community Engagement?
Students, faculty, staff, parents and caregivers, and community members came together recognize Unity Week!
The Philadelphia Tribune recently highlighted Breakthrough of Philadelphia's program for students in rising grades 6-8.
GFS was featured in The Philadelphia Tribune when Lynard Stewart was honored with a Community Service Award during the Germantown Community Basketball Tournament this year.
The South Philadelphia oil refinery explosion in 2019 influenced a recent assembly hosted by the Upper School environmental clubs.
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.