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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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Virtual Summer Camps

GFS Summer Camps are now online! Your children can enjoy many of the same great activities and spend time with their favorite instructors.

While we are disappointed that we cannot be together on campus this summer due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19, we are committed to finding fun and meaningful ways to stay connected, inspire creativity, and, of course, entertain and enrich your children!

We are pleased to offer five innovative camps online, including three that feature exclusive partnerships with nationally-known program providers—Science Explorers and Handwork Studios. Both companies will be mailing our campers customized kits containing supplies for fun, theme-based projects.

We are also excited to announce that some of our GFS varsity coaches will be running virtual athletic clinics in June.

Additional information, including prices and registration information is available here.


Below is an overview of virtual camps offerings, which will run from June 15 through July 17.
 

Dates: June 15-July 17  (5 Weeks) 
Days per week: 5 
Group A: rising 2nd - 4th graders; 9 am - 12 noon
Group B: rising 2nd - 4th graders; 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Group C: rising 4th - 7th graders; 9 am - 12 noon
Group D: rising 4th - 7th graders; 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Group E: rising 4th - 7th graders: 9 am - 3:00 pm
Price Groups A - D: $225 per week (including kits)
Price Group E: $395 (including kits)
Maximum number of campers: 8

Read More about Handwork Studio + Creative Arts Camp

Dates: June 15-July 17  (5 Weeks) 
Days per week: Five days per week 
Group A: rising 4th - 7th graders; 9 am - 12 noon
Group B: rising 4th - 7th graders; 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Group C: rising 4th - 7th graders; 9 am - 3:30 pm
Price for Groups A & B: $225/week (including kits)
Price for Group C: $375/week (including kits)
Maximum number of campers: 12

Read More about Science Explorers + Tech Camp

Grades: Rising 1st- 9th
Dates: June 22-26 
Virtual Meeting Days: MWF
Sessions per week: 2 sessions/day
Times: 9-10:30 a.m. Rising 1st - 6th
11a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rising 7th - 9th 
Price: $75/ week 
Maximum number of participants: Unlimited 

Read More about Basketball Clinic

Grades: Rising 7th - 9th 
Week of programming: June 22-26
Virtual Meeting Days: MWF 
Sessions per week: 1 session/day
Times: 10-11 a.m. 
Price: $60/ week
Maximum number of participants: 20

Read More about Soccer Clinic

Grades: All ages
Dates: June 15-19
Virtual Meeting Days: MWF
Sessions per week: 1 session/day, 2 if needed 
Times:10-11am, 11-12 noon  (if needed) 
Price: $60/week
Maximum number of campers: 10 per session 

Read More about Wrestling Clinic


Additional Information:

All classes are delivered via Zoom, Google Classroom, and Pear Deck with options to continue projects outside of class time.

For safety, we request some adult supervision during class time but our talented team of experienced instructors will be doing all the teaching!

Rising 4th graders can choose to participate in either group.

For Handwork Studio + Creative Arts Camp and Science Explorer Camps, an additional $20 fee will be added for any registrations completed less than two weeks before the start of each camp week. This fee covers the cost of additional postage necessary to ensure that kits will arrive at campers’ homes on time.

Extended Day: 3:30-5 p.m.

Don’t want the fun to stop? Join us for the Extended Day program, where our own Rob Johnson and Maalik Reynolds will offer the most popular virtual activities, including Mad Libs, Scavenger Hunts, Bingo, Dance Parties, and more!, Lego engineering, speed soccer, science, and art will be available during afternoon “mini sessions.” Campers who enroll for virtual camps over five weeks will automatically be enrolled in Extended Day free of charge!

There will be a Parent Orientation Meeting in early June to ensure parents and caregivers know how the camps will work and to answer questions.

Financial Assistance

We wish for all GFS students to be able to participate in activities and programs offered by the school. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. If you would like your child to participate in virtual summer s and you anticipate needing assistance, please fill out the Non-Tuition Financial Aid Application as soon as possible by clicking here, and also email Chris Brena, Director of Financial Aid, at cbrena@germantownfriends.org, and camps@germantownfriends.org. Because camp sizes will be kept small, we will make every effort to save a place for financial assistance applicants in camps that may fill, so that requesting financial assistance does not prevent a child from participating in a popular program.