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 in person and virtually.
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!
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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.
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Philadelphia Councilmember Helen Gym joins the Upper School Assembly during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Students, faculty, staff, parents and caregivers, and community members came together recognize Unity Week!
The new André Robert Lee Fellowship celebrates outstanding Upper School students by providing financial grants, mentorship, and leadership opportunities, while building a stronger culture of affinity and inclusion at GFS.
Students discuss the unfolding war in Ukraine and recently heard from Quaker peace activist George Lakey
Latin and Greek students in grades 7-12 enjoyed a full day of exciting activities for our first in-person Classics Day since 2019.
The Philadelphia Youth Film Festival was recently featured in Metro Philly.
The Upper School Asian Student Alliance (ASA), alongside our international students from China and in partnership with the DEI Office, are celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Students in the J-Term Prints for Progress class have been studying visual artists who create work based on social change.
Read about the Middle School Chair Project—happening now in the Sharpless Building—in our latest issue of the GFS Bulletin.
Matthew Stitt ’05 and Zoë Rankin ’06 were recently appointed to the GFS School Committee
The South Philadelphia oil refinery explosion in 2019 influenced a recent assembly hosted by the Upper School environmental clubs.
The Theatre Department and Counseling Team joined together for an all-school gratitude project, inspired by the Upper School play Every Brilliant Thing.
Congratulations to the 2021 Maguire Innovation Fund for Progressive Education recipients!
Rising senior Dylan Ragas was named a finalist in the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fighting Words Poetry Contest.
Middle School English teacher Rachel Reynolds created Writing for Thinking Notebooks to offer her students a creative outlet and useful tool during this pandemic year.
Senior Ryan Lewis was honored with a Princeton Prize in Race Relations for advancing racial equity in the GFS community.
The Upper School Intersectional Equity Club (IEC) has a new website!
Author Kiley Reid had a virtual visit with Anne Gerbner’s and Meg Cohen Ragas’ First Fiction Essentially English elective.
Early Childhood Division Director Sarah McMenamin wrote an article for Edutopia about GFS' author studies program.
Among the many discoveries made during a year of quarantine, we’ve learned that nothing brings people together quite like baking bread. Twenty years ago, Lower School teacher Daniel Rouse founded the Whosoever Gospel Mission Bread Project.
Created and managed by Upper School students, the GFS Philadelphia Youth Film Festival went virtual this year.
Please enjoy this new video about Early Childhood Center City!
For International Women's Day, we spoke with student Diversity Ambassador Maria Ramos '23 and Penka Slavova, Director of the International Student Program (ISP), about Women’s History Month.
Niche recently released their 2021 Best Schools rankings.
GFS DIS German teacher and documentary producer Frauke Levin wants to educate the public about current options to mitigate the crisis. Her new documentary, Can We Cool the Planet?, which she co-produced for the science series NOVA, airs October 28 on PBS.
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) announced that GFS alumnus David Gould '07 was named Chief Diversity and Impact Officer.
GFS teacher Lindsay Roberts gives families five tools for embracing diversity with Early Learners at home.
Six Germantown Friends School (GFS) choral students were accepted to participate in the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) All-East Honor Choir.
Earlier this month, Germantown Friends School (GFS) Upper and Middle School students welcomed Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball World Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies, as the annual Mercer Tate '48 Lecture on Public Service speaker.
In 2016, our athletics department began to identify ways that our people, program, and resources could better support student wellness. GFS developed a new athletics staffing model, education focus, and holistic and individualized approach to health and well-being that impacts students in the classrooms, during sports, and outside of school.
On Monday, April 8, Conrad Benner, art curator, photographer, and blogger for Streets Dept inspired Upper School students and guests during the Abigail R. Cohen '91 Memorial Art Lecture.
On Saturday, March 20, 2019, the GFS Mock Trial Varsity team placed second out of 300 teams in the annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition.
Congratulations to Chloe Smith Frank '19, Kim Hua '19, Javier Carmona '20, Brenden Dahl '20, Sarah Miller '20, Erin Schott '20, Ava Sinai '20, and Julian Spiro '20.
After a junior year campaign that led to breaking multiple school records and a trip to the New Balance Indoor Track & Field Nationals, Kai Cummings adds another accolade to his impressive season: All-State.
Hannah Caldwell Henderson, Chief Advancement Officer, and Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement, contributed to the article "Quaker schools continue the long tradition of quiet reflection" in Grid Magazine.
James Wright '18 was highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer for overcoming obstacles at this weekend's 92nd annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta, including challenging weather and a new venue, to win the senior single heat.
School Year 2022-23
We have reached enrollment capacity in most grades for the upcoming school year and are currently only accepting applications to Grades 1 and 5.
School Year 2023-24
Get a head start on your application for the 2023-24 school year by submitting an inquiry below!
Kindergarten Applications for 2023-24
Due to an unusually large 2022-23 Pre-K class, we will hold an early first round review of 2023-24 Kindergarten applications for applicant children of current GFS families, alumni, faculty, and staff. These families are invited to inquire now.
We will open the process to all other families at the end of November 2022 for a second round of application review, if space remains.