Germantown Friends School

31 West Coulter Street,
Philadelphia, PA, 19144-0191
     Tel: (215)951-2300
Grades: K - 12 | 861 students
Founded in 1845, Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, K-12, co-ed independent day school dedicated to reaching that of God in every person.
Our mission is to seek truth, challenge the intellect, honor differences, embrace the city, and nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit. 

GFS takes its strong identity from five distinct elements: a vibrant intellectual community of teachers and students; an historic urban setting in Germantown; a diverse and multicultural faculty and student body who value difference as indispensable; a Quaker vision of what is possible for both individuals and communities; and a belief in fulfilling this vision through reflection, collaboration and action.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1845

Student Body

Total Students 861 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 31%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Germantown Friends School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 131 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 73%
Average Class Size 20 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 6 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $19,920
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $19,920 for kindergarten to $29,795 for 9th through 12th grades.
% on Financial Aid 35%
Average Financial Aid Grant $9,729
Admissions Director Laura Sharpless Myran

Sports

Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
TennisTrack and Field,
Winter TrackWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 65 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. A Cappella (Middle and Upper School), ANNO (Upper School Yearbook), Ahlan Wa Sahlan (Middle Eastern Culture), Animal Care (Lower School), Art Club, Art History, Asian Students Association, BASE (Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment), BIG SIBS (Directed Independent Study Minor), Bridge Club, Captains' Athletic Council, Chamber Music, Chaverim, Chess Club, Choir (Grades 10-12), Chorus, Classics Club, Coffeehouse (Open mic/performance nights), Community Action Committees, Cooking Clubs (Middle and Upper School), Debate Team, Drama Club, Earthquake (Upper School newspaper), Environmental Action Groups, Fashionistas, Film Club, Focus (Christian spirituality), Global Connections, Graffiti (Middle School literary magazine), H2O for Life, Human Rights Group, Jazz, Latinos Unidos, MadriGals, Math Club, Mock Trial, Multicultural Student Union, Music Appreciation Club, Musical Theater, Orchestra, Peer Tutoring, Philanthropic Trust Investment Club, Photography, Pins and Needles (Sewing/Fashion), Plays and Musicals, Polyphony (Upper School art/literary magazine), SAGA (Straight and Gay Alliance), SOMWEK (Society of Men and Women who Enjoy Kazoos), SOS (Save Outstanding Species), Science Olympiad, Sistahs (Female Students of Color), Ski and Snowboard Club, Spoken Word/Freestyle Rap Club, Student Advisory Council, Student Religious Life Committee, Support for Positive Body Image, Tech Theater, The Corner (Middle School online newspaper), The Hare Society (Upper School art publication), Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball (Middle School), Woodshop, XKCD (Computer technology & security awareness), Yearbook (Middle School), "Coffeehouse" (Open mic/performance nights) Art Club, Art History, Bridge Club, Chamber Music, Chaverim, Chess Club, Chorus, Classics Club, Debate Team, Drama Club, Fashionistas, Film Club, H2O for Life, Jazz, Latinos Unidos, MadriGals, Math Club, Mock Trial, Orchestra, Peer Tutoring, Photography, Tech Theater, Woodshop, A Cappella (Middle and Upper School),
ANNO (Upper School Yearbook),
Ahlan Wa Sahlan (Middle Eastern Culture),
Animal Care (Lower School),
Asian Students Association,
BASE (Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment),
BIG SIBS (Directed Independent Study Minor),
Captains' Athletic Council,
Choir (Grades 10-12),
Coffeehouse (Open mic/performance nights),
Community Action Committees,
Cooking Clubs (Middle and Upper School),
Earthquake (Upper School newspaper),
Environmental Action Groups,
Focus (Christian spirituality),
Global Connections,
Graffiti (Middle School literary magazine),
Human Rights Group,
Multicultural Student Union,
Music Appreciation Club,
Musical Theater,
Philanthropic Trust Investment Club,
Pins and Needles (Sewing/Fashion),
Plays and Musicals,
Polyphony (Upper School art/literary magazine),
SAGA (Straight and Gay Alliance),
SOMWEK (Society of Men and Women who Enjoy Kazoos),
SOS (Save Outstanding Species),
Science Olympiad,
Sistahs (Female Students of Color),
Ski and Snowboard Club,
Spoken Word/Freestyle Rap Club,
Student Advisory Council,
Student Religious Life Committee,
Support for Positive Body Image,
The Corner (Middle School online newspaper),
The Hare Society (Upper School art publication),
Ultimate Frisbee,
Volleyball (Middle School),
XKCD (Computer technology & security awareness),
Yearbook (Middle School),
"Coffeehouse" (Open mic/performance nights),

School Notes:

  • Lower School highlights include class plays; an Asian festival; a Native American Gamwing; an African market; a Greek field day; and a May Day celebration.
  • Middle School highlights include camping trips; 8th grade musical production; community service; experiential elective projects; and an exchange program for selected 7th and 8th grade students with schools in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Upper School highlights include 9th grade French and Spanish exchange program; 10th grade day in New York to study Harlem Renaissance; 11th grade independent project in January; and 12th grade week of community service learning.

Profile last updated: 09/13/2013

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