Germantown Friends School

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Founded in 1845, Germantown Friends School is a Quaker,coed, independent day school for students in preschool through grade 12. Located in the historic neighborhood of Germantown in Northwestern Philadelphia.
GFS is nationally known for its academic excellence, attention to Quaker values of Peace, Equality, and Integrity, a commitment to diversity, and its long-standing neighborhood partnerships.

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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)
MSA-CESS Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1845

Student Body

Total Students1,071 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Germantown Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1383
Average ACT score30
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 4 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition for the 2020-21 school year ranges from $19,000–$24,500 for Early Childhood to $40,350 for Grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$13,500
Admissions DirectorLaura Sharpless Myran
Admissions AssociateKelly Wright


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
Field HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.74 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Admission Office Student Guides, and Aquatic Life (CORAL), Animal Care, Animanga Club, Anno (Upper School Yearbook), Art Club, Asian Students Association, Big Sibs, Black Student Union, Brainstorm Neuroscience Club, Bridge Club, Brothers for Academic and Social Enrichment (BASE), Chaverim, Classics Club, Classics Club/Literary Journal (Libellum), Coffeehouse (open-mic nights), Community Action Committee, Community Culinary Club, Computer Science Club, Conserving Oceans, Cycling Club, Data Science Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Earthquake (quarterly news magazine), Education Justice, Ellipsis: Academic Writing Journal, Environmental Action Club, Germantown Community Gardeners, GFS Quiz Bowl, Global Understanding Club, Graffiti (Middle School literary journal), High School Democrats of America (HSDA), Human Rights Group, Jam Club, LASSO (Latin American Student Solidarity Organization), Lunch Art Club, Math Club, Middle School Yearbook, Mock Trial, Model UN, Multiracial Affinity Group, Music Performance Club, Online Newspaper, Outing Club (hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, biking etc), Peer Tutoring, Philadelphia Youth Film Festival (PHYFF), Philly Issues, Political Dialogue Club, Polyphony art and literary magazine, Post Modern Languages: Esperanto Club, POW: People of Winter Ski and Snowboarding Club, READ (Read, Enunciate, and Declaim), Reefs, Religion and Philosophy (RAP), SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Alliance), Sistahs, South Asian Student Alliance, Student Advisory Council (SAC), Student Beekeeping, Support for Positive Body Image, Tea Time Games Club, The Corner (Middle School Online Newspaper), Tiger$ Investing League, Upper School Math League, Ways of Being Club, Xploring Sustainable Farming (Aquaponics Club)

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella, Chamber Music, Choir, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, World Percussion

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Early Risers (Lower School)

School Notes

  • Germantown Friends School (GFS) seeks students who are bright and eager, who demonstrate the potential to engage deeply with an intellectually rigorous academic program, and who will contribute to a vibrant school community. Please visit the school's website to request more information or apply online.

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Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to Germantown Friends School is Pennsylvania School For The Deaf (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Greene Street Friends School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Building Futures Family Center (0.1 miles away)
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