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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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And the Crowd Goes Wild!

Words of Support for Investing in Athletics from our Friends

Asia standing at a window.
Della Micah: Former Girls Lacrosse Coach and Retired Director of College Guidance

"This enhancement of the strength and conditioning program is a benefit for all students. Gyms can be intimidating places and overwhelming if you don’t know how to use the machinery or what to do once you are in there.

By investing in this program, GFS is offering students the chance to try different things—weight lifting, strength training, yoga—while instilling confidence in them at the same time. 

For the top-level athletes, this improvement is needed as they will want to maintain their training year round to ensure top performance. Once our student-athletes matriculate to college, more than likely they will have great facilities to use. It is important that GFS provides exposure to this equipment and teaches proficiency in how to use it so they are comfortable and familiar once they join their collegiate teams.

If GFS can help instill in all its students a life-long love of exercise and wellness, that is a truly great gift indeed!"

Jacob Schultz ‘98

"Asia [Ng’s] story resonated deeply with me, though she seems far more disciplined and motivated than I ever was. Specifically, that moment she mentioned about Matt giving her a few words of simple encouragement

"I can't even count the number of times a day or week I think back to some of Dan Shectman's words (or Vicky Nees, Gen Nelson, Meg Rabinowitz, etc.). Those are the moments and memories that shaped who I was and continue to shape who I am. K through life indeed."

Bobbie Konover, Retired Physical Education Teacher and Coach

"Wellness has long been a theme in the Germantown Friends School physical education program. We were grateful when we were gifted a re-vamp of our existing weight room but that was long enough ago that it desperately needs upgrading. It is our responsibility to introduce weight training and cardio activities to our students.

"When they learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle, it will give them skills to improve the quality of their lives long beyond their Germantown Friends School years.

It also gives our student-athletes the added opportunity to increase their overall strength and fitness levels that enhance their athletic performance."

Paul Hammond, Varsity Wrestling Coach

"It has been great to have the weight room and Matt [Sheehan] located so conveniently next door. When we have an athlete who is injured, I send that student to Matt to work on different exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles and keep fit where they can. It is great to have Matt as I can remain with my team and continue to train them, while Matt and our great team of athletic trainers works with our injured athletes."

Conrad Haber, Varsity Track & Field Coach

"The weight room is an integral part of the success of the track & field program here at GFS. It provides a venue for our athletes to work on developing their overall strength, coordination, and individual confidence.

"During the winter track season, we use the weight room three times a week. It provides us with the ability to reinforce important movement patterns while also affording us an opportunity to work on increasing the range of motion. Moreover, the gains made in the weight room help to reduce the risk of injury while simultaneously helping each athlete on the team to increase their power output.  

"Matt has done a fantastic job at cultivating a positive weight room environment. He's always providing a watchful eye, helping to instruct those athletes struggling to complete a particular movement pattern or providing advice on what exercises athletes can complete in order to maximize their gains."