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)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
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.: 20%
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


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports BaseballBasketballCross CountryField HockeyLacrosse
SoccerSoftballSquashTennisTrack and Field
Winter TrackWrestling
Cross CountryField Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,
Winter TrackWrestling,


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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The nearest high school is Pennsylvania School For The Deaf (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Pennsylvania School For The Deaf (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is William Penn Charter School (0.9 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - My daughter has been a part of Germantown Friends School Community for 3 years now. I couldn''t be happier with our choice to send her to GFS. This is an excellent well rounded school. The lower school provides excellent fundamentals and a love of learning. From what I hear and see the academics provided are challenging and stimulating but you also have the aspect of being involved with athletics, community service and clubs. I hear about the kinds of projects that the upper school is working on and I am really impressed. Everyone is really kind and supportive. I am so thankful that we are a part of GFS. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - GFS is a fantastic school. They''ve created a learning environment that is both rigorous and nurturing. My son''s teachers have all taken the time to really get to know him and have done an amazing job supporting his growth. It''s such a great feeling to put him on the bus knowing that he''s going to come home tired but happy and enriched. The things he''s learning are amazing, but most importantly he''s learning how to be a lifelong learner. We live in Center City and the bus is great. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - Our daughter started at GFS in 7th grade. We chose GFS because the academics are outstanding for children who love to learn. There is a real emphasis on helping students discover and nurture their interests and skills. Teachers are very supportive and the students cooperative and motivated. GFS is in an urban environment. The school''s community involvement program helps our child learn to work with a diverse set of people. That is a gift she will have for the rest of her life. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended February 09, 2014 - My 12th grade daughter and 10th son have been at GFS since kindergarten and it has been a wonderful experience. We feel very lucky to have them attend GFS. The teachers all the way through have been excellent, and want to work with the students to enable the students to do the best they can. The teachers are also always available for any questions or help, from students or parents, which makes the experience feel very collaborative. The academics are top notch, and my children have been neither bored nor overwhelmed, leading them to really love school. The other families are truly wonderful--you''ll want to be friends with all of them! The arts and music are taken very seriously at GFS, and are not considered second tier subjects. - Posted by Parent

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