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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


 Social Justice in the Midst of a Health Crisis
January 18, 2021
Opportunities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.



All Germantown Friends School students, families, faculty, and staff are welcome to join our virtual MLK Day of Service—designed to encourage participants to learn, support, and connect. Join us for the full day of workshops or for as many components as you are able. And please fill our padlet with pictures and reflections from the day. 


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View social justice stories for all ages!


9 a.m. Keynote
Featuring Dr. Aletha Akers
Dr. Akers is the Vice President of Research at the Guttmacher Institute. She will speak to the health disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do as a community to improve health outcomes for everyone. 



Drive-up and Drop-off on the main campus supporting two organizations, Face to Face Germantown and Cradles to Crayons.

  • Toiletry Kits 
  • Snack Packs 
  • Reading Glasses
  • Children’s Clothing




  • Let’s Talk About Racism - Join Michelle Palmer, Director of the Breakthrough Program at GFS, as she facilitates a discussion on the experience, perpetuation, and disruption of racism, as well as how to be an upstander.
  • Bias in Healthcare - Join GFS alumnus, Dr. Daniel Taylor, of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Drexel University College of Medicine, as he discusses his experience participating in a study that uncovered his racial bias.
  • Healthy Eating - Healthy Eating - Join the Bynum family, owners of Warmdaddy's and South, for a cooking class on healthy eating.
  • Assembling Toiletry Kits - Upper School students Ethan Young and Oscar Schwartz will demonstrate how to put together a snack and toiletry kit, decorate the bag, and read a story.
  • Racial Health Disparities - Join Middle School Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club members  to discuss health disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.






  • Social Justice Stories - Join GFS Director of Library Services Kate Garrity for stories on racism and social justice; listen live or listen to pre-recorded stories.
  • Mental Health - Join GFS Lower School Counselor Brittany Copeland for a discussion on mental health in the Black Community.
  • Civil Rights Activism - Learn about the life and work of Bayard Rustin.
  • Art with Lili - Join GFS Art Teacher Lili Sharpless to bring joy through an exploratory art project!
  • Baking Fun - Students Ethan Young and Oscar Schwartz will create delicious baked goods to be donated to the Germantown Community Fridge.







TED Talks for Children:

Share your reflections of the movie or TED Talk you screened today using this padlet.



Worship Sharing - How will you Continue to Serve?
We will come together and share what we learned today and how you will support your communities. As well, please add videos, pictures, or words about your day here.



Questions? Contact Dr. Zarah Adams,  Director of Community Engagement, at