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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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JANUARY 17, 2022

FROM 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

All Germantown Friends School students, families, faculty, and staff are welcome to join our Virtual MLK Jr. 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.



Charles D. Ellison, is an award-winning thought leader, political strategist, commentator, analyst, and advocacy expert with nearly two decades of experience. Charles is widely recognized as the Executive Producer and Host of Reality Check, the daily public affairs program of WURD radio and television, as well as the Managing Editor for ecoWURD, an ambitious environmental justice journalism initiative. He will speak about the strategies used by Dr. Martin Luther King and what we can learn from them.


Drive up and drop off on the Meeting House porch during arrival and dismissal:

  • Face to Face Germantown with snack kits and toiletry kits
  • Cradles to Crayons with new books and gently used clothing for children
  • Covenant House with new hats, gloves, and socks for boys ages 16-20 



Come get your hands dirty and help the Philly Goat Project at the Farm at Awbury. Volunteers can expect spreading wood chips on trails, removing vines from trees, moving donated Christmas trees, and cleaning the barn.


10:15 A.M. TO 11 A.M. - WORKSHOP BLOCK A

  • 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.
  • The Joy of Cooking - Join Herb Scott, chef and owner of Herb Scott Catering in Germantown, for a cooking class on one of his favorite meals.
  • Mindfulness and Just Relationships - Join GFS faculty member, Maryanne Rawlings for a community discussion on the benefits of mindfulness.
  • Serving Humanity - Join Dr. Molefi Asante, professor and founder of the doctoral program in African-American Studies at Temple University for this community discussion.

11:15 A.M. TO 12 P.M. - WORKSHOP BLOCK B

  • 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.
  • Art with Lili - Join GFS Art Teacher Lili Sharpless to bring joy through an exploratory art project.
  • Music for the People! - Join Upper School student Christopher Li for a community conversation and demonstrations of music from the Civil Rights Movement.
  • COVID Response - Join the GFS Public Health Club, led by Upper School students Beier Nelson and Neil Bennett, for a community discussion on COVID and the public health measures taken by the city and how communities are responding to the pandemic.


Take some time to enjoy lunch at home and check out one or more of the Ted Talks on the list below. We have recommendations for both older and younger viewers!

Led by GFS faculty member Ian Bartimole and focused on this Query:
“How will you continue to serve?”

Please also fill out our Padlet with your pictures and reflections of the day! 




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