Established in 1845 to educate the boys of Germantown Monthly Meeting, Germantown Friends School (GFS) had its first classes in a private residence. After a few years the school lapsed because the schoolmaster left. In 1857 it began again and included girls. The school was founded simply to educate Quaker children in a protected environment but has grown to be an inclusive community that welcomes religious, cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity.
Still under the care of Germantown Friends Meeting, GFS states in its mission that it is "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." Today GFS educates approximately 885 students from Kindergarten to 12th grade with a semi-independent preschool on-site. GFS is highly respected as one of the top independent schools in the country for its academic depth, urban historic location, diversity, and lasting Quaker values.
Germantown Friends School website