Germantown Friends School
Our Admissions process for the 2021-22 school year will include a number of different ways for prospective families to learn, explore, and get to know GFS virtually.
Although we would much rather meet you in person, we are completing our Admissions processes remotely this fall. At Germantown Friends School, our mission begins with a commitment to diversity, our community, and to the belief that academic achievement is not in itself enough. We guide our students’ growth in mind, body and spirit, and encourage them to put their ideas to work in the world. But don’t just take our word for it; explore and see for yourself!
Learn more about our application process.
There is no better way to learn about GFS than a tour of our vibrant campus in historic Germantown. But alas, during this time of mandated precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our Admissions events online.
Browse our upcoming virtual events to hear from GFS leadership, staff, faculty, parents, and students. We look forward to connecting with you!
Learning is for life. This idea is at the heart of Germantown Friends School, where we view the years from Kindergarten through twelfth grade as a critical chapter in a lifelong learning adventure. Our sense of the power of education defines our daily work. At GFS, education is about each individual rising to meet his or her own standards of excellence, guided by the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.
Our Viewbook offers an authentic representation of the diverse GFS experience. To find out more about the people, places, and passions that drive our school, check out our Media Center.
In response to the recent Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism, GFS has stepped up its commitment to create a safer, stronger, more equitable community.
Our graduates have the creativity and confidence to write their own definitions of success.
Our program is individualized, comprehensive, and collaborative.
GFS has welcomed students back to campus this fall with modified on-campus learning experiences and remote options for each grade.
Our strong commitment to the Classics leads many students to study Latin and Ancient Greek in college and beyond.
Student life in grades 6-12 is enhanced by a rich array of club offerings and activities.
With more than 230 unique trees and shrubs across 12 acres, the GFS campus is officially an arboretum.
As a Friends school, we are founded on the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone, and guided by core Quaker testimonies.
To write well is an invaluable skill—and the hallmark of a GFS education.
Create a profile in Veracross, our admissions software provider. We look forward to getting to know you and your family and introducing you to GFS!
Sophomores Maria Ramos and Sarah Levy developed a summer fundraiser and awareness campaign as part of Action Through Athletes.
Get to know our new faculty and staff—and our employees who have stepped into new roles this year! The first interview in our Q&A series is with Zarah Adams, who recently became Director of Community Engagement.
Enjoy a video featuring James Hightower, Director of College Counseling, about the GFS approach, and view a list of college admits for the Class of 2020! Visit the College Counseling page for more information.
View our working Actions for Equity plan for our renewed approach to equity and anti-racism at GFS—developed in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Officers of the School Committee, and many others.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Philadelphia region, Tate Park '21 knew he could use his skills for good. That's why he invented a special clip for the N95 mask, making it safer, reusable, and a lower contamination risk for doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals.
Each June, Pride Month aims to highlight, uplift, and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community in our country. We asked Early Childhood teacher Michael Roach how he begins to address and teach about gender diversity with even our youngest students, and he offered the following book recommendations and reflections.
GFS students, teachers, and families make and donate cloth masks to a local health center—providing a much-needed community service.
GFS teacher Lindsay Roberts gives families five tools for embracing diversity with early learners at home .
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on GFS' January term (J-term) experiential learning program.
Head of School Dana Weeks explains how a classical education can offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop innovative thought, while examining issues through a moral lens.
Read an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the Philadelphia Youth Film Festival, created and managed by GFS students.
Listen to an interview with Matt Stitt '05 about his role as CFO for Philadelphia's City Council during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GFS teacher, Sara Primo, shares her tips for taking care of yourself during a school shutdown.
Introducing our remote curriculum, named Colloquia!
Learn about the Upper School's Directed Independent Study (DIS) program.
Tenth grade student Joanna Lin started "The Student Period Movement" to shed light on the stigma surrounding menstruation.
1,070 students in Early Childhood through grade 12
35.8% students of color
100% of graduates accepted to a four-year college or university
13 National Merit Scholars between 2014-2019, along with 65 Finalists; 76 Semifinalists; 111 Commended
Quaker, independent, coed day school for preschool through grade 12. Founded in 1845 under the care of the Germantown Monthly Meeting and governed by the School Committee. Located in historic Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
149 Friends Schools League Championships
19 PAISAA State Championships