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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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Drop-off and Pick-up

Drop-off details

program drop-off
Jr. Explorer Camp (Main Campus)  8:45-9 a.m. ECP3 classroom
Jr. Explorer Camp (Center City) 8:45-9 a.m. Classroom 1
Soccer Shots 8:45-9 a.m. Little Gym
Explorer/Discovery Camps 8:45-9 a.m. Hargroves 
Specialty Camps 8:45-9 a.m. 
(except Adventure Camp, which is 8 a.m.)
See specific camp information
Athletic Camps* 8:30-9 a.m.

GFS Fields, 2807 Midvale Avenue or the Field House (on campus)

GFS Baseball Fields are located at 2940 West School House Lane

Algebra I  8:30 a.m. Hargroves
End-of-Summer Camps 8:45-9 a.m. Main Campus
Gear Up for Fall Program start times vary Wade Science Center

*Athletics campers are welcome to enroll in Early Risers. A shuttle will transport them to the GFS Fields at 8:45 a.m.

Pick-up details

program  Pick-Up time  location
Explorer/Discovery Camps 3:30 p.m. Hargroves 
Jr. Explorer Camp (Main Campus)  3:30 p.m. ECP3 classroom
Jr. Explorer Camp (Center City) 3:30 p.m. Classroom 1
Soccer Shots 12 p.m.* Little Gym
Athletic Camps 3 p.m. GFS Fields, 2807 Midvale Avenue or the Field House (on campus)
Specialty Camps 3:30 p.m. See specific camp information
Algebra I  11:30 a.m. Hargroves
Extended Day 5:30 p.m. Kindergarten 1

*Pick-up for only those students not continuing on with another GFS Camp.


If you will have a child enrolled in an Athletic Camp at Fields and in an Explorer/Discovery Camp on Main Campus, you are welcome to:

1. Enroll your child in Extended Day on Main Campus in which case transportation from Fields to Main Campus will be provided. (Only campers who are enrolled in Extended Day are permitted to take the shuttle back to Main Campus.)


2. Pick up your athletic camper from Fields first at 3 p.m. and then observe (or even join in) the end-of-the-day Explorer/Discovery Camp activities, which will conclude at 3:30 p.m.