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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.

  • Truth
  • Shine
  • Connected
  • Simple
  • Care
  • Peace

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GFS Giving Day

Giving Day, held on Valentine's Day, is a special opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate our cherished GFS experiences. On February 14, we asked all members of our community to contribute to GFS through the Annual Fund, unlocking generous challenge gifts, and to connect with us on social media, using the hashtag #ShowYourLoveGFS.


We received nearly 600 gifts, totaling over $270,000! A sincere thank you to all of our donors and supporters—students, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends.

  • $181,000 in challenge gifts
  • 593 donors, surpassing last year's total of 510
  • Donors from 17 states

300 gifts to the Annual Fund in 24 hours.

  • GFS School Committee
  • The Bixby Family: Sandy Baur '72 with her partner Bill, joined by Katherine '06, Kelly Ann '02, and Rebecca '99
  • Adam Kamens '89 and Kim Kamens
  • Farmboy Fund
  • Edith Bryan '60
  • Alex McDowell '88
  • Dana and Bill Weeks
  • Anonymous donors including, challengers from the classes of 2007 and 2012, the parents of two recent graduates, and an alum who is also a current grandparent

$100,000 bonus gift to GFS.

How Can I Participate?

Make your gift on
February 14.

When we reach 300 donors, we'll unlock generous gifts from our challengers.

Create your GiveCampus account and become an advocate.

Make a challenge gift or a giving match. Share a video on GiveCampus to motivate others.

Tell us why you love GFS on social media.

Use the hashtag 
#ShowYourLoveGFS and follow in the fun by commenting, tagging friends, and sharing the love.

Don't forget to tag us! We'll feature your story on our page.

For questions, please contact Annual Fund Manager Amanda Reath.

Get Social

Help us spread the word. Download these shareable images and upload to social media.

Download on a PC: Right click on the image and save it.
Download on a Mac: Press Ctrl+click on the image and save it.
On Mobile: Press your finger on the image and hold. The option to save it will appear.

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On a desktop: Visit
1. In search, type Germantown Friends School.
2. Select the GFS Giving Day 2020 frame and click "Use as Profile Picture."

On mobile: Go to your personal Facebook page.
1. Press your finger on your profile picture and hold.
2. Select "Add Frame"
3. In Search, type Germantown Friends School.
4. Select the GFS Giving Day 2020 frame and hit "Save."



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