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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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Martin Luther King Day of Service

All are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service
on Monday, January 20, 2020, sponsored by the Community Action Club.

While there is no school on this day, we encourage families to participate in meaningful community service projects on Main Campus, as well as discussions around equality, race, and class, in order to commemorate and celebrate the powerful legacy of Dr. King.

Please sign up to volunteer above. Note: Walk-ups are also welcome on January 20.

Cradles to Crayons Drive

Leading up to MLK Day, you can prepare items to support the Parents Association's community-wide clothing, book and toy drive for Cradles to Crayons. Starting the morning of MLK Day (and continuing through Friday, January 31), volunteers will be accepting donations curbside on Coulter Street and in the Pennsbury-Greene lot.

  • MLK Day (Monday, January 20): 9 a.m.–1 p.m., drop off all items curbside on Coulter Street, in front of the Main Building.
  • January 21–31: 7:45–8:30 a.m., drop off items at the POD in the Pennsbury-Greene lot. Please enter the driveway next to the Meetinghouse, and drive up to the lot, then exit on Greene Street.

Donation Suggestions/Guidelines

  • Children’s clothing (sizes 0-14/16​)
  • Adult clothing (sizes small and medium)
  • Winter coats (​children's ​sizes 0-14/16, adult’s small​ and medium​)
  • Winter hats & gloves
  • Sneakers & winter boots (sizes 0-adult 9)
  • Toys (no larger than 24” in size)
  • Children’s books
  • New socks & underwear
  • New School supplies 
  • 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

Eyes of Hope Glasses Collection: Monday, January 20

VSP Global’s Eyes of Hope program collects and distributes new and gently used eyewear to help people in need across the globe. Eye doctors and optometric organizations can request eyewear for outreach efforts domestically or abroad, and anyone can donate gently used glasses. We are asking for donations of prescription or reading glasses on MLK day. Here is a video that outlines Eyes of Hope’s program.

MLK Day Activities: Monday, January 20

GFS is closed for regularly scheduled classes, but we open our campus as a site for many volunteer projects, dialogues, a luncheon, and more.

Martin Luther King's urgent call for social change, civil rights, and non-violent resolution to conflict is timely, and in keeping with our Friends approach. GFS and Germantown Meeting choose to observe the day by offering community-building activities, service projects, learning experiences, opportunities for reflection, and a shared meal. 

Please join us for all or part of the day. 

On-Campus Schedule for the Day

9 a.m. Registration and Refreshments, Front Hall of the Main Building
9:30 a.m. Opening Assembly, Poley Auditorium in the Main Building
10 a.m. Service Projects Begin
12 p.m. Luncheon, Cafeteria in the Main Building

Our projects include:

  • Assemble fruit baskets for Saint Luke’s food pantry
  • Bake and package cookies for the Police Athletic League
  • Bake and decorate sheet cakes for the Holsey Temple Dining Room
  • Create birthday boxes for children in low-income families 
  • Create greeting cards for Stapeley and Maplewood Retirement Homes
  • Move and sort donations for Cradles to Crayons
  • Bake apple pies for the Whosoever Gospel Mission
  • Assemble brown bag lunches for volunteers and neighbors
  • Set-up the dining room and clean at Holsey Temple Church
  • Sweep and pick up litter on Germantown Avenue with Friends of Germantown NW
  • Sew fleece hats, scarves, and neck warmers for Germantown clothing corners
  • Make and package sandwiches for Holsey Temple Dining room and Covenant House
  • Make stone soup for the residents at the Whosoever Gospel Mission
  • Learn and sing songs of the civil rights movement: then and now
  • Watch and discuss the film, King in the Wilderness
  • Restore (clean and paint)  Early Childhood Program chairs for the Crossroads Women’s center
  • Assemble and decorate snack bags for Happy Hollow Playground
  • Cook vegetable soup for Holsey Temple dining room
  • Bake cornbread muffins for Holsey Temple dining room
  • Clean up the buildings and grounds at Happy Hollow Playground


  • Dialogue about race and socioeconomic status in today’s world
  • Design and create social justice message signboards
  • Create tissue paper flowers for Maplewood Manor Nursing home
  • Create decorations/centerpieces for the MLK Day Luncheon at GFS
  • Create boxes and signs for the Eyes of Hope glasses collection
  • Create tool stands for the new GFS Greenhouse
  • Create wooden bowls in the woodshop for the Empty Bowl Dinner
  • Assemble and cook casseroles for the Face to Face Dining room
  • Sort and move book donations in the Friends Free Library
  • Make art for Wayne Avenue Mural with Mural Arts Philadelphia

We are still seeking leaders for some of these projects and volunteers to help us set up for the day. If you are interested, please email Kathy Paulmier, or Commnity Action Club Interim Leaders Mike Whaley or Julia Katowitz

The Bynum family will once again be donating their time and delicious food to serve lunch for all participants. Many thanks for their incredible generosity. The Bynums' restaurant group currently includes Warmdaddy's, Relish, South, and Green Soul.


Contact Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement.