Welcome from Ed Marshall, Head of School


Thank you for visiting Greene Street Friends School!

Let me share with you a bit about myself, what's distinctive about Greene Street and some great things that are happening here.

I began teaching about 40 years ago and have taught virtually every level of education, from Pre-Kindergarten through graduate school. At heart, I have always been a science teacher. I came to Greene Street 20 years ago and discovered a remarkably interesting school. And after 20 years, it's just as interesting to me as it was when I arrived.


One of the things that drew me to Greene Street Friends School is its intimacy and focus on each, individual student. When I got to Greene Street Friends, I quickly found that we are a school "you can believe in." For example, somewhere around 1960, our School embraced the ideals of the civil rights movement. We instituted coeducation and increased the School's racial diversity- a goal we continue to pursue today. We began to work with community members and organizations in Germantown more intentionally. As a result, for the past 50 years, the School's enrollment has been about 50% students of color. Strong academics, Quaker practices, and appreciation of many different cultures and identities form the core of our vision. 

We are a small, caring community that makes everyone feel known by one another. For example, I learned upon my arrival at Greene Street Friends that the previous Head of School, Norma Vogel, stood in front of the School and greeted each student by name with a handshake every morning. I have kept up Norma's tradition, and our teachers welcome students every day in similar fashion.


As a result of this care for each student individually, Greene Street students are secure, empowered, excited, and ready for our high academic expectations. Academic rigor is an important part of each student’s experience. Our students are also formed socially and emotionally here at Greene Street Friends. Our Life Skills curriculum follows students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade and empowers them to tackle the challenges of childhood, adolescents, and adulthood. Our Affinity Groups invite each student to consider their various intersecting identities in new ways and have important conversations with one another about their experiences. They are more than successful students. Greene Street Friends School educates idealistic people, and thoughtful, curious navigators in a diverse world. Our alumni take these ideals with them and attend the top public, charter, and independent schools in the Philadelphia area.

I invite you to join our community. We are a school that is on the move and living our mission.