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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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Academic Programs (Grades 7-12)

Grades 7-12
June 17-August 31 (variable)
Location: Main Campus
 
Whether drafting college application essays in June, studying Algebra in July, or strengthening skills and reinforcing key concepts to prepare for the start of the new school year in August, GFS offers value-added programming for every Middle School and Upper School student.

Summer Academic Programs

College Essay Writing, under the instruction of a GFS college counselor, will ensure rising seniors and juniors get a head start drafting both their Common Application essay as well as various writing supplements for the colleges of their choice.

Algebra I, taught by GFS mathematics faculty, runs for five weeks in June and July and will cover the critical concepts inherent in this foundational subject.

Grades listed are the grades students will be entering in September 2019.

College Essay Workshop

Grades 11 & 12 
June 17-21 
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Main Campus
$95/$75 (Early bird until 3/15)

Join GFS college counselors for a week-long workshop on the college essay.

The focus will be on assisting rising 11th and 12th grade students craft an engaging, authentic, and personal narrative that will offer college admissions readers a clear picture of the student. 

The workshop will  include Common Application essay prompts, topic selection, and peer review. In addition, they will examine the structure and content of an excellent essay, giving participants time to fine-tune their message before submitting their college application. 

Algebra I

Grades 9 & 10
Weeks 2-6
June 24-July 24 (no class on July 4 and 5), 8:30-11:30 a.m.
$845/$765 (early bird until 4/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center

Under the direction of GFS Mathematics teacher Kate Jones, the GFS summer course in Algebra I offers Upper School students the opportunity to develop skills, reinforce concepts, and dig more deeply into this critical content area. Small class sizes ensure students receive the attention they need in order to feel more confident and prepared for the start of the coming academic year.

Content will include linear equations in one and two variables, laws of exponents, factoring, solving quadratic equations by factors, radicals, and square roots, systems of linear equations, linear inequalities, and rational expressions. This course is intended for students who have completed a full year of pre-Algebra.

Participation in a mathematics summer course may allow GFS students the opportunity to place into a different mathematics course in the fall, pending approval of the department. However, summer courses are not transferable for credit.

Drop-off and pick-up will take place in the Hargroves Lobby.

Gear Up for Fall

These short courses span two weeks* and are designed to refresh and give each student a leg up on the school year helping set your child up for a successful year. 

Courses fall into two categories, English and Mathematics. 

*Each week is run independently of the other.

Middle School Math

Parts and Wholes

Grade 7
Two weeks
August 19-30
Time: 9-10:15 a.m.
Cost: Two weeks*: $295/$265 (early bird until 5/15)
One week: $180/$165 (early bird until 5/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center

In this course, students will explore the concept of parts and wholes and strengthen their facility working with fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, and probability.

In addition to exploring different types of problems, students will practice double-checking their work and applying general neatness when writing out solutions as they build their mathematical self-confidence and prepare for success in their seventh-grade math class.

*To enroll for both weeks of Parts and Wholes Middle School Math at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.

Patterns and Predictions

Grade 8
Two weeks
August 19-30
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Cost: Two weeks*: $295/$265 (early bird until 5/15)
One week: $180/$165 (early bird until 5/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center

This problem-solving class will emphasize linear relationships and other mathematical patterns that form the foundation of algebraic thinking. Students will study important definitions such as equivalence and simplification and hone fundamental skills such as graphing.

In addition to exploring different types of problems, students will practice double-checking their work and applying general neatness when writing out solutions. The primary goal of the course is to help students have a successful year of math in the eighth grade.

* To enroll for both weeks of Patterns and Predictions at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.

Middle School English

Reading and Writing

Grades 7 & 8
2 weeks
August 19-23 & August 26-30, 9-10:15 a.m.
Cost: One week: $180/$165 (early bird until 5/15)
Two weeks*: $295/$265 (early bird until 5/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center

For students interested in becoming more competent and confident readers and writers, this course will focus on creative and analytical composition as well as close-reading skills.

Using a variety of texts geared for middle school students from poetry to science articles, participants will hone their ability to identify the main idea, tone, and implications of what they are reading.

Additional emphasis will be placed on helping students make logical inferences to boost their overall comprehension. Participants will have the opportunity to write both critical and personal responses to what they read, and to discover the power of their own creative use of language responding to interesting writing prompts. This course will be a great way to get students’ analytic and expressive gears turning before the start of school.

Middle School Grammar

Grades 7 & 8
2 weeks
August 19-23 & August 26-30, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Cost: One week: $180/$165 (early bird until 5/15)
Two weeks*: $295/$265 (early bird until 5/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center

This course is designed to give young writers of English a better understanding of how their language works so that they have greater control over the clarity of their written expression.

Through engaging games and instruction, they will examine grammar essentials such as parts of speech, punctuation, and agreement, and also learn rules about usage and sentence structure. Students will be given opportunities to put into practice what they are learning in short exercises designed to help them become more nimble at putting their ideas into writing.

Upper School Math

High School Math I

Grade 9 & 10
2 weeks
August 19-30
Time: 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Cost: Two weeks*: $295/$265 (early bird until 5/15)
One week: $180/$165 (early bird until 5/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center

Using a problem-solving format, students will review the topics from Algebra I that will surface in both Geometry and Intermediate Algebra, including solving equations, factoring, quadratics, graphing, exponents, polynomials and radical expressions. In addition, brief explorations of a few challenging geometric and algebraic concepts will get students ready for a smooth and successful start to the new school year.

* To enroll for both weeks of High School Math I at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.

High School Math II

Grade 10 and 11
2 weeks
August 19-30
Time: 2:05-3:25 p.m.
Cost: Two weeks*: $295/$265 (early bird until 5/15)
One week: $180/$165 (early bird until 5/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center

After briefly reviewing fundamental skills and terms, students will exercise their problem-solving abilities as they apply concepts learned in Geometry and Algebra I to the exploration of new mathematical material.

Students also will engage in a brief exploration of strategies for solving non-mathematical problems as they become more confident and creative conceptual thinkers. Whether taking Algebra II or Pre-Calculus, students will be able to start the new school year on firm mathematical footing.

* To enroll for both weeks of High School Math II at a discount, please register for Week 1 and for Week 2, and the discount will be applied automatically.

Upper School English

Grammar & Mechanics

Grades 9-11
2 weeks
August 19-23 & August 26-30, 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Cost: One week: $180/$165 (early bird until 5/15)
Two weeks*: $295/$265 (early bird until 5/15)
Location: Main Campus, Hargroves Center
 
This course is designed to give high school writers of English a better understanding of how their language works as well as useful tools for creating clearer and more elegant sentences.

After a brief review of grammar essentials such as parts of speech, punctuation, and agreement, they will examine some subtler rules about usage and sentence structure through interactive exercises and teaching methods. Students will have opportunities to apply what they learn in exercises designed to help them become more nimble at putting their ideas into writing.