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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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FROM 9 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.


All Germantown Friends School students, families, faculty, and staff are welcome to join our MLK, Jr. Day of Service, designed to encourage participants to learn, support, and connect. Join us for the full morning of workshops and volunteer opportunities, or for as many components as you are able.






Sharpless Building, Yarnall Auditorium
Shayna Yvonne Rudd is a Philadelphia Native who graduated from Howard University and The University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Shayna serves as the Community Engagement Manager for the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at The Dr. Ala Standford Center for Health Equity.

She will host a discussion on the topic "The Equity of the Dream." 


Drive up and drop off on the Meeting House porch throughout the morning. Please use this link to see the supplies needed.

  • Face to Face Germantown with snack and toiletry kits
  • Cradles to Crayon with gently used books and winter clothing for children
  • Nationalities Service Center with cooking spices
  • WORTH (We Organize for Reproductive Health) with menstrual supplies

Please note that all drives for MLK Day will take place on Main Campus.



Philly Goat Project at the Farm at Awbury
6336 Ardleigh Street
Philadelphia, PA 19138

Bring your work gloves and get your hands dirty and help the Philly Goat Project at the Farm at Awbury. Volunteers can expect to spread wood chips on trails, remove vines from trees, move donated Christmas trees, and clean the barn. Participants must be over the age of 13. 

Tree Tenders
100 W. Maplewood Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Bring your work gloves and support our local horticultural society. Volunteers for Tree Tenders can expect to help by mulching, straightening stakes and straps, and weeding new trees. Participants must be over the age of 13.


10 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Movie Screening

Disney's Zootopia
Sharpless Building, Yarnall Auditorium
All are welcome to attend a moving screening of Disney's Zootopia in the Yarnall Auditorium.

10 A.M. TO 10:45 A.M. - WORKSHOP BLOCK A
  • Artmazing Journaling (Grades PreK-5) - Join the Mighty Writers to celebrate writing with play and art supplies to respond to the prompt, “What does service mean to you?” (Sharpless Building, Room S-104)

  • Mindful Meetup (Grades 6-12) - Join the Mighty Writers to build community and learn from one another while playing games, doing arts and crafts, and learning adolescent-friendly meditations. (Sharpless Building, Room S-120)

  • Social Justice Stories (All are welcome) - Join the GFS Library team for stories on racism and social justice. (Friends Free Library)

  • Pies for a Mission (All are welcome) - Join retired GFS faculty members Teresa Maebori and Margaret Fleisher to make apple pies for Whosoever Gospel Mission. (Meetinghouse Social Room)

  • Sandwich Making (All are welcome) - Join Tom Myran to make sandwiches for Whosoever Gospel Mission and the Germantown Community Fridge. (Sharpless Building, Room S-112)

11 A.M. TO 11:45 A.M. - WORKSHOP BLOCK B
  • Social Justice Stories (All are welcome) - Join the GFS Library team for stories on racism and social justice. (Friends Free Library)

  • Warm Hearts (Grades 9 - 12) - Join GFS faculty member Carla Childs to make hats and scarves for local missions. (Sharpless Building, Room S-111)

  • Notes of Cheer (All are welcome) - Join the Cradles to Crayons club members to make notes of cheer to go in backpacks for students in need. (Sharpless Building, Room S-104)

  • Packages of Cheer (Grades 6-12) - Join Jamil Ayinla of the Charge Cancer Foundation to package care items for adults and children battling Cancer. (Sharpless Building, Room S-120)

  • Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King (Grades 6-12) - Join GFS History Department Chair Rob Goldberg and friends to discuss the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King. (Sharpless Building, Room S-114)

  • Art with Lili (Grades PreK - 5) - Join GFS Art teacher Lili Sharpless to bring joy through an exploratory art project. (Sharpless Building, Room S-112)


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

12 P.M TO 1:30 P.M. - LUNCH 

Take some time to enjoy lunch, hosted by Wawa and Pitruco Pizza!




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