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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Germantown Friends School. We encourage you to get a head start on your application for the 2022-23 school year by submitting an inquiry now! 

Meet members of our community and hear about the unique educational experiences at GFS by exploring our Admissions event recordings. For questions, please contact us at or 215-951-2345.

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The first step in the application process is to create an online inquiry and an Admissions account. Please click on a division below to get started. As you move through the application, we will help you complete the different checklist items within the process. We are currently conducting remote parent interviews via video chat, which can be scheduled as soon as you have submitted your application. We are here to help you through the process and happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at

As of July 15, 2021, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. We are only taking applications for limited openings in our Early Childhood Center City Program. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Get a head start on applying to school year 2022-23 by submitting your inquiry and setting up your admissions account, and you'll be sure to receive our emails. You can also sign up for a Summertime Drop-in Tour through that account and access to the Admissions portal. 

GFS is proud to award more than $6 million dollars of need based financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid.

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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!


There are several steps in the application process, which are based upon the grade you are applying to. Click on a division below to get started.

Early Childhood


Lower School (1-5)

Middle School (6-8)

Upper School (9-12)

International Students

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If you are already familiar with our application process or you have already started your application, please click below to access the Admissions Portal login and check on its progress and status.


While we encourage you to submit materials prior to the stated deadlines, we do accept applications on a rolling basis and may be able to consider late applications. Please call the Admissions Office at 215-951-2345 with additional questions. 

December 10, 2021 | Deadline to Initiate an Application
Please initiate an application by this date to be eligible for first round review. Families must complete specific information and questionnaires, and submit the $45 application fee via our Admissions Portal.

January 7, 2022 | Admissions Application Completion Deadline 
Families who have completed the application process by January 7, 2022 will be eligible for first round review and decision notification.
Please note that in order for an application to be complete, all admissions checklist items in the Admissions Portal must be recorded as complete or received.
Applications completed after January 7, 2022 will be considered on a rolling basis as they become complete and decisions will be published weekly each Friday.

January 7, 2022 | Financial Aid Application Completion Deadline 

February 1, 2022 | First Round Admission & Financial Aid Decision Notifications 

March 1, 2022 | Enrollment Decision and Enrollment Agreement Deadline for Accepted Applicants

Stay Tuned for Fall Admissions Events


There is no better way to learn about GFS than a tour of our vibrant campus in historic Germantown. Stay tuned for upcoming virtual events to hear from GFS leadership, staff, faculty, parents, and students. We look forward to connecting with you!


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In keeping with the Quaker testimony of Equality and our school’s commitment to diversity, Germantown Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, political beliefs, or citizenship status in the administration of its educational policies, application for admissions or financial aid, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

Consistent with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, GFS does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including respecting employees, and is required by Title IX and applicable federal regulations to refrain from such discrimination. In addition, GFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in matters of admissions, access, employment, services, or in educational programs or activities it operates in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or its implementing regulations. Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX or Section 504 may be referred to the following:

Ted Oxholm, History Teacher, Assistant General Counsel
Germantown Friends School
31 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144