Germantown Friends School

31 W Coulter St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

The importance and the influence of this Friends school developed during the time of Stanley R. Yarnall, with the school from 1898, and principal from 1906 until his retirement in 1941. The present-day school serves a multicultural student body and combines Quaker principles with a strong academic program. GFS' thematic lower school curriculum progresses to a team-taught middle school and a college preparatory upper school program. Students may pursue advanced courses in science, mathematics, English, history, and classical and modern languages. Strong programs in art, music and theater are integrated with academics. Also noteworthy is a double-credit Latin history course that combines intermediate Latin language instruction with study of the origins of civilization in the Near East and its development in the Bronze Age and classical Greece. With faculty approval, students in grades 10-12 may engage in directed independent study for credit at a standard or accelerated level. GFS organizes community service projects at all grade levels; in addition, juniors spend January performing compulsory independent service. Pupils take part in numerous extracurricular activities, as well as local service projects. Students in grades 9 and 10 are required to play an interscholastic sport. International travel and exchange programs are available, particularly through the modern language department's exchanges with schools in France and Mexico, advanced language, choir and athletic trips, and Germantown Friends' membership in the National Network of Complementary Schools.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address31 W Coulter St, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Year Established1845
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationReligious Society of Friends
AdministratorDana J. Okeson
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment861
Day Students861
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