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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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PA Tax Credit Programs

Make your tax dollars work for Germantown Friends School

The Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for businesses in the state, to reduce tax liability by contributing to registered scholarship organizations. Gifts to scholarships at Germantown Friends School can generate a tax credit equal to 75% of the contribution, up to a maximum of $750,000 annually. Two-year commitments, receive a 90% tax reduction up to a maximum of $750,000 each year.

The Pennsylvania Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC, formerly known as EITC 2.0)
Due to the high demand for EITC tax credits, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created a similar program in 2012. Like EITC, the OSTC program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an Opportunity Scholarship Organization. Business contributions are then used to provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to attend Germantown Friends School. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary school ranking in the bottom 15 percent of their designation as an elementary or secondary school based upon combined math and reading Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) scores.

Friends Education Equity Collaborative

Thanks to a Special Purpose Entity created in 2016 called the Friends Education Equity Collaborative, qualified individual investors now have the opportunity to take advantage of tax credits for supporting qualified scholarship organization like Germantown Friends School. To learn more about the Friends Education Equity Collaborative and if you qualify, please email Lisa Solinsky or call 267-323-3300.

What is the time for applying?

  • May 15 – Business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply to renew their 2-year commitment.
  • May 15 – Businesses who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment.
  • July 3 – All other businesses.

Is my business eligible?

If your business is authorized to operate in Pennsylvania and pays one of the following taxes, you can register to be eligible for the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and the Pennsylvania Opportunity Tax Credit (OSTC).

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Share Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Share Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
  • Personal Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners

How can my business register?


The single application is now available online from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This document provides further information on the program as well as guidelines for filling out the application form. Additionally, you can call Lisa Solinsky in the Advancement Office for guidance at 267-323-3300.


Pennsylvania businesses can apply for Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits through DCED’s electronic single application system. The business application guide, found here explains the process of applying. Additionally, you can call Lisa Solinsky in the Advancement Office for guidance at 267-323-3300.

Tax credit applications for both programs will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted, so please submit your application on the first day your business is eligible. All applications received on a specific day will be processed on a random basis before moving on to the next day's applications. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted.

Who do I contact with questions?

At Germantown Friends School, contact Lisa Solinsky in the Advancement Office for guidance at 267-323-3300. At the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), call 717-787-7120 or find more information online at

Important Additional Information

Once a business is eligible, the business has sixty (60) days to make its contribution to Germantown Friends School. An approved company must provide proof to DCED within 90 days of the notification letter that the contribution was made within 60 days of the notification letter; Tax credits not used in the tax year the contribution was made may not be carried forward or carried back and is not refundable or transferable.