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Germantown Friends School
MottoBehold, I have set before thee an open door.
Established1845; 179 years ago (1845)
Head of schoolDana Weeks
Faculty87 Full Time 24 Part Time
Color(s)   White, blue
Athletics conferenceFriends School League
AffiliationReligious Society of Friends

40°01′58″N 75°10′18″W / 40.03278°N 75.17167°W / 40.03278; -75.17167 Germantown Friends School (GFS) is a coeducational independent PreK–12 school in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States under the supervision of Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is governed by a School Committee whose members are drawn from the membership of the Meeting, the school's alumni and parents of current students and alumni. The head of school is Dana Weeks.


Germantown Friends School was founded in 1845 by Germantown Monthly Meeting. The school was founded in response to a request from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Until the early 20th century, Germantown Friends was a "select" school, meaning that only the children of Quaker parents were admitted. Germantown Monthly Meeting was an Orthodox meeting and valued classical education. Athletics and the arts were considered a diversion from the essentials needed by young people.

Notable alumni

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Notable staff



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