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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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Specialty Camps (Grades 3-10)

Specialty Camps

Designed specifically for the expanding interests of the teenage mind, these specialty programs dive deep into the topics that speak to a young person’s individual interests, including art, music, storytelling, tech, and more.

Week Specialty Camp
Week 1
June 17-21
  • 3D Printing and Sim City (Grades 3-6)
  • Painting 101 (Grades 6-10) (In Center City)
Week 2
June 24-28
  • Sculpting 101 (Grades 6-10) (In Center City)

Week 3
July 1-5

  • Digital Video: YouTube and Twitch (Grades 3-6)
  • International Master Chef (Grades 6-9)
  • Science Fiction & Other Worlds (Grades 6-8)
Week 4
July 8-12
  • Science of Roller Coasters & Minecraft (Grades 3-6)
Week 5
July 15-19
  • Comics and Illustration 101 (Grades 6-9)
Week 6
July 22-26
  • Orchestra Camp (Grades 5-12)
  • Science Explorers®: Take a Dive (Grades 2-6)

STEM Specialty Camps
(Powered by Fleming Tech)

Fleming Tech's 3D Printing and Sim City

Rising grades 3-6
Week 1
June 17-21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: Main Campus
$450/$425 (early bird)

Dream it. Design it. Create it! Fleming Tech's 3D Printing and Sim City Camp will introduce your child to the basics of 3D design and architecture, with a focus on designing 3D buildings and objects. Discover cutting-edge technology, as they learn and navigate 3D design software. Then, they'll work together as a team of innovators to engineer cool three-dimensional cityscapes and other objects, devices, or gadgets. When not creating 3D worlds, campers will explore city planning and development with Sim City. No prior experience is necessary! All skill levels are welcome.

Features of the camp: 

  • Provide an intro to 3D art and modeling with SketchUp
  • Principles of creating dynamic and interesting 3D images
  • Sketch-Up: Working with sophisticated 3D software tools
  • Construct detailed 3D images
  • Work in Sim City 4 and build a large-scale city

Fleming Tech's Digital Video: YouTube & Twitch

Rising grades 3-6
Week 3
July 1-5, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (No camp on July 4.)
Location: Main Campus
$365/$340 (early bird)

Has your child ever wondered what it takes to be a YouTuber or Twitch video producer? Students will learn the ins-and-outs of producing video content that is appropriate for showcasing on YouTube and Twitch. They will create videos in categories such as Let's Play, package openings, pop culture reviews, and interviews. Campers will learn how to shoot and capture video, as well as write editorial copy and edit their own work.

Features of Fleming Tech’s Digital Video: YouTube & Twitch Camp: 

  • Learn to make films for YouTube and Twitch
  • Understand the basic editing and saving features of video editing software
  • Review of how to read and create a storyboard

Fleming Tech's The Science of Roller Coasters and Minecraft

Rising grades 3-6
Week 4
July 8-12, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: Main Campus
$450/$425 (early bird)

Amusement parks are filled with lots of heart-pounding fun, as well as multiple opportunities to learn about science and engineering.

In Fleming Tech’s The Science of Roller Coasters and Minecraft, campers will learn about the physics of roller coasters while exploring kinetic and potential energy and centripetal force. Kids will build and test physical and “virtual” roller coaster models. Using various computer programs, including Minecraft, campers will create virtual roller coasters, build scale models with K’NEX and experience the thrill of the turns, loops, and drops!

The camp day is divided into 3 periods. Two-thirds of the day is spent working on the science and engineering of roller coasters and approximately one-third of the day is dedicated to working with Minecraft. No prior experience is necessary! All skill levels are welcome.

Features of this camp:

  • Learn the physics of roller coaster design: kinetic and potential energy and centripetal force
  • Build scale models of roller coasters with K’NEX
  • Create virtual roller coasters: work with computer simulation software and Minecraft on roller coaster designs

Science Explorers®: Take a Dive

Rising grades 2-6 (ages 7-11)
Week 6
July 22-26
Half day options: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Full day: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: Main Campus
Half-day price: $225
Full-day price: $395/$375 (early bird) 

Dive into the world of marine biology and oceanography.

Half-day campers will dissect a real shark, participate in a fisherman’s challenge, examine the anatomy of a fish and learn the ancient technique of gyotaku or “fish rubbing," learn to survive at sea with a homemade solar still, create a kelp forest and make your own submarine.

Campers who stay for the full day camp will come face-to-face with some unique sea creatures. They will complete a squid dissection, bring to life genuine Triassic Triops, conduct a whale adaptations lab, and examine many weird wonders that live under the sea!  

Creative and Artistic Expression Specialty Camps

Comics and Illustration 101

Rising grades 6-9
Week 5
July 15-19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: Main Campus
$365/$335 (early bird)

This your child's chance to jump into the action creating their own pulse-pounding stories through the art of cartooning and drawing comics.

Comics and Illustration 101 is a hands-on experience where we'll journey to foreign lands and alien worlds through panels and word balloons. We'll look at webcomics, comic strips, Manga, graphic novels and more to inspire the mighty stories waiting to burst from your imagination.  

This week-long workshop explores the nuts and bolts of comics and will teach students the basics of cartooning and illustration. Participants will read comics, discover diverse visual styles, and create their own superhero comics.

International Master Chef

Rising grades 6-9
Week 3
July 1-5 (no camp July 4), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: Main Campus
$295/$275 (early bird) 

Campers will let their taste buds be their guide as they embark with fellow foodies on a gourmet junket to the four corners of the edible world. We'll learn about some of the 4000 varieties of potatoes that grow in the Andean highlands, experience the spices of southern India, and learn what plants grow on the Arctic tundra.

Campers will explore regional delicacies, learn quaint food-related customs, master fundamental cooking techniques, and in the process discover the inextricable link between our culture and our cuisine.

By the end of the delicious week, participants will indeed be “seasoned” travelers!

Orchestra Camp

Rising grades 5-12 
Week 5
July 22-27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Main Campus
$550/$525 (early bird)

The Germantown Friends School Orchestra Camp offers students in rising grades five through twelve a chance to study with some of the Philadelphia region’s most acclaimed string performers. The program, under the direction of George Atanasiu, will include daily master classes, workshops with special guests, small and large ensemble rehearsals, and a final performance for parents and special guests on Saturday, July 27.

All of the camp’s programmatic components have been designed not only to improve participants’ musicianship, technique, sight-reading skill, and theoretical knowledge, but also to provide a unique opportunity for in-depth interaction with professional performers (including violinists Lenuta CiuleiIgor Szwec, and Davis Barnett), as well as opportunities to ask questions about performing practice and careers in music. All concerts will be presented in Yarnall Auditorium and Loeb Performing Arts Center.

Painting 101

Rising grades 6-10 
Week 1
June 17-21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 
Location: Center City
$365/$335 (early bird)

Calling all artists! Our summer artist-in-residence will guide budding Picassos and Cassatts along a creative journey through the colorful worlds of watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and oil. Whether expressing imaginative abstract visions or capturing impressionistic scenes en plein air, we will offer campers the skills they need to make their artistic vision come alive.

At the end of the week, students will present their creations for the group, learning in the process how to give and receive constructive feedback like real art critics. 

Sculpting 101

Rising grades 6-10 
Week 2
June 24-28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: Center City
$365/$335 (early bird)

Campers take their creativity to a third dimension with our all-new sculpture workshop, where artists will learn how to express their ideas through clay, metal, wire, and other media.

Artists also will learn different sculpting techniques and will study famous sculptures from ancient carved figurines to Michaelangelo’s Pietà and Calder’s mobiles. At the end of the week, artists will display work at the FUNdamentals Sculpture Showcase.

Science Fiction & Other Worlds

Rising grades 6-8
Week 3
July 1-5 (no camp July 4), 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Location: Main Campus
$250/$225 (early bird)

If your child is a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Avatar, or shows like Stranger Things, then this camp is the perfect choice!  

Science fiction is a genre that allows us to ask big questions about the place of humans in the wider universe while allowing our creative imaginations to explore new possibilities. It also allows us to ask questions about themes and elements of our society in different contexts.

Campers will discuss and debate some of these big questions and themes of some of the best sci-fi films. Guided by the interests of the campers, we will explore themes in science fiction as a speculative genre and discuss the themes they present us with. Campers will work collaboratively on a group project creating their own short fiction stories through a medium of their choosing, including film, graphic novel, or short story.