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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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End-of-Summer Camp (Preschool-Grade 8)

Summer's not over yet! Join us for two weeks of fun on our Main Campus and our Center City location. 

The Great Empire Race

Kindergarten-Grade 8
2 weeks
August 19-23 & August 26-30, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus 
$365/$335 (early bird) or $80/day

Join the ASPire team for a two-week excitement-filled race through the past’s most remarkable empires. Each day, campers will spend the morning in teams solving clues and tackling challenges related to such famous empires as the Egyptians, Chinese, Mayan, Incan, Roman, Mughal, and even Nabataean (Petra). The challenges will include: building pyramids and great walls, tying Incan quipu knots, designing Mayan calendars, making Indian curries, and competing in Roman chariot races. After visiting the great empires of the past (and seven Wonders of the World!), campers will have the opportunity to create their own empires, design their own World Wonders, and compete in an Olympics-like event that will culminate in a great celebration of cultural differences and global unity. 

Prices will increase on August  7, 2018. Camps are final sale; no refunds are given.

The Wizard of Oz Camp

Preschool-PreK
2 weeks
August 19-23 & August 26-30, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Locations: Main Campus and Center City
$365/$335 (early bird) or $80/day

Click your magic ruby slippers together and join us for two, fun-filled, Wizard of Oz-themed weeks of End-of-Summer Camp!  

In addition to reading age-appropriate versions of Frank Baum’s timeless classic tale, campers also will have loads of fun painting the Emerald City, laying out a yellow brick road, planting poppy seeds, making scarecrows, concocting “I’m melting” Wicked Witch beverages, playing Pin the Heart on the Tin Woodsman, creating courageous lions, and crafting a collage of rainbow Lollipop Guild lollies. So grab Toto and join us Somewhere Over the Rainbow because there truly is no place like End-of-Summer Camp!