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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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  • Peace

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Giving Day: Show Your Love!

Several generous donors have come together to challenge GFS to secure 200 gifts to the Annual Fund in 24 hours.

If we can meet the challenge, we will unlock $100,000 in a bonus gift to GFS!

On Valentine's Day—February 14, 2019—your gift of any amount will help unlock the $100,000 reward from the challengers for GFS!


GFS Giving Day: Valentine's Day 2019

Giving Day is a chance for you to #ShowYourLove for GFS. This 24-hour virtual event brings together alumni, parents, and friends from all over the world in support of a place that we hold near to our hearts.


200 gifts to the Annual Fund in 24 hours


  • 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
  • Jonathan Cohen '88 and Julia Pershan
  • Marc DiNardo '80 and Elizabeth Drum
  • Cheryl Wade
  • Gwyn Prentice '92 and Andy Atterbury


$100,000 bonus gift to GFS

Make a gift!

When we reach 200 gifts, we'll unlock $100,000 from our challengers. Every gift counts. 

Tell your favorite GFS stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #ShowYourLoveGFS. We'll be looking for your stories!

Connect with your classmates! Make an account and create a challenge gift or a giving match. Check the progress of your impact throughout the day. 

Get Social

Use these downloadable images to show your support for GFS and spread the word!

On a PC, right click on the image and save it. On a Mac, Ctrl+click on the image and save it. On a mobile device, hold your finger on the image until the option to save the image appears. Then you can use your saved images to update your social media accounts. 

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