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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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Investing in Athletics: Building a Culture of Wellness

A new investment of $75,000 in Germantown Friends School’s athletics program will allow a talented team of professionals to more fully support athletic success, injury prevention, and health and wellness. This program not only provides significant benefits to student-athletes, but also to the entire Upper School.

Profiles in Wellness

Asia Ng '20: Building Strength in All Areas of Life

Favorite subjects: Art and Math

Favorite book: "Interaction of Color," by Josef Albers, "...because I really like color theory and the fact that color isn't an inherent property of anything. It's always subject to change."

Favorite pastime: Playing with her dog, Cali.

Childhood memory: Surprising her parents by drawing a penguin with just one pen stroke.

Highlight at GFS: Being part of a winning team in the distance/speed vehicle event of the GFS Physics Olympics.

Goal this spring: Run a sub-65-second 400 meters in track.

Learn more about Asia.

Pietro Berghella '18, Four-Year Varsity Athlete, Soccer and Basketball

Favorite teachers: Devra Ramsey (Calculus) and Meg Goldner Rabinowitz (English)

Favorite sports memory: Unexpectedly playing two scary but exhilarating minutes in the FSL Championship basketball game against a 9th grader.

Favorite sports team: Philadelphia 76ers

Favorite movie: Disney's Up. "It makes me cry every time."

Favorite childhood memory: Watching Inter of Milan, his family's favorite soccer team, defeat Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League Final in 2010.

Learn more about Pietro.

Matt Sheehan, Our New Strength and Conditioning Coach

Interests: Fitness (physical and psychological)

Most recent book read: Becoming a Supple Leopard by Dr. Kelly Starrett

Home on campus: Smith Gym (lower level, a.k.a. basement)

Favorite exercise: Incline walks, treadmill

Favorite memory: Accompanying his team to the NCAA Sweet 16

What he's up to at GFS: Teaching ninth-grade PE, supporting team fitness and injury prevention, developing personal training plans, and fist bumping the many students on campus who count themselves among his fan club

Learn more about Matt.