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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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The Friends Collaborative

If you are an individual Pennsylvania taxpayer, business, or corporation, you have the opportunity to redirect your state tax liability to Germantown Friends School through The Friends Collaborative, a Special Purpose Entity created in 2016 through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

Program details:

  • PA Act 194 of 2014 made it possible for business owners or employees of a qualified business to create a “special purpose entity” (“SPE”) solely for the purpose of making donations under the EITC program.
  • Only shareholders, partners, members or employees of business firms can create a special purpose entity that qualifies for the EITC program. As a result of this legislation, business owners can participate in the EITC program even if other owners in their firm are not interested.
  • The Friends Collaborative has created and been approved for multiple SPE’s so that qualified individuals wishing to participate in the EITC program may do so. Individual members to be “accredited investors,” which includes individuals with earned income exceeding $200,000 in each of the prior two years (or $300,000 together with a spouse) and expects the same for the current year, or net worth greater than $1 million, either alone or with a spouse (excluding the person’s primary residence).
  • The requirement to be an “accredited investor” derives from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulations that require a company that offers or sells its securities to register with the SEC or find an exemption from the registration requirements, one of which is selling its securities to “accredited investors” as defined above. In general, a company can offer its securities to 35 “non-accredited investors” without meeting the requirement to register with the SEC. Since most established SPE’s in Pennsylvania attract more than 35 investors, these organizations prefer to only secure financing from accredited investors.

To learn more about The Friends Collaborative and if you qualify, please email