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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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Annual Giving

Annual Giving provides GFS with the working capital to support the daily functions of the school. Everything from tuition to faculty salaries to maintenance expenses are supported by the Annual Giving program.

Support comes from all constituencies at GFS—alumni, current parents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, and friends. All of these individuals recognize that at GFS, like all independent schools, tuition alone cannot meet the expenses of our operating budget.

The Annual Fund touches every aspect of our school and helps maintain the academic excellence for which we are known.

FAQs about the Annual Fund

What is Annual Giving?

Annual Giving is GFS’s top annual fundraising priority. The funds raised are unrestricted, and comprise about 4% of the school’s current operating budget. Each year, all members of our community (parents, faculty, staff, School Committee members, alumni, grandparents, and friends) are asked to make a tax-deductible gift to the GFS Annual Fund. The money raised through Annual Giving ensures GFS has the necessary resources (faculty, facilities, financial aid, technology, and program support) to sustain the wonderful educational experience that we value so deeply.

Do all independent schools fundraise?

Yes, all independent schools fundraise. Tuition is the "price tag" for an independent school education, but it is not the true cost.

Why is Annual Giving so important? What does it fund?

Tuition covers about 80 percent of the school’s annual budget; Annual Giving impacts every part of our community—faculty and staff recruitment and retention, academic programming, technology, athletics, visual and performing arts and music, the socioeconomic diversity of our community, and more.

Why doesn’t GFS simply raise tuition to cover the true cost of a GFS education?

GFS endeavors to maintain tuition rates that are comparable with peer schools and kept at a level that makes an independent school education possible for a wide scope of families with varying economic circumstances.

How much am I expected to give?

We ask that you contribute at a level that is personally meaningful and that makes sense for your family. Your gift at any level is greatly valued and makes an impact at GFS.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, Annual Giving donations are tax-deductible.

May I set up a monthly, recurring gift to maximize my family’s contribution?

Yes. Please contact Annual Giving Manager Amanda Reath or call 267-323-3552 for more information. See more about recurring gifts here. 

Why is my participation so important?

Your gift is a powerful vote of confidence in the school and its mission. In addition, high Annual Fund participation is a benchmark used by foundations and outside funders when deciding which of the many worthwhile schools will receive their financial support. 

Thank you!

Created in support of our Annual Fund appeal, this video by GFS students Thomas Shaw '20, Ben Rosin '20, and Matthew Flynn '19 shines light on how GFS inspires students to be critical thinkers, stewards, and engaged community members.

Giving Day 2019

On February 14, 2019, we hosted our inaugural Giving Day. We started with a modest goal of 200 donors, and ended with more than 500 donations and a total raised of over $200,000!

We were delighted by our community's demonstration of stewardship, enthusiasm, and goodwill.

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