NEW - Community Building

August 22, 2018
Faculty arrive back on campus next week and we can't wait for them to see all of the progress construction crews have made on the new building this Summer! We have electricians lighting up spaces, drywall going up, lockers in the hallways, and beautiful new glass windows installed on the Armat side of the building. We can't wait to welcome everyone back and show off some of our own Summer work!

June 25, 2018
Wondering what's been happening beneath the new building's beautiful, blue exterior? Check out the photos below for a peak into the construction zone (be sure to wear your hard hat, like Ed. Safety first). As drywall comes up to segment classrooms, yellow brick is being laid around the outside of the building that complements the Meeting House, just across the lower playground. We are also excited to see basketball backboards arrive in the new gym; we'll be ready for tip off soon! 

June 21, 2018
School may be out for the Summer, but our campus is buzzing with activity! Emily Hargroves Fisher '49 stopped by to check out the new building and get a sneak peak into each new space, from the gymnasium to the science lab and performance space. Campus has changed a great deal since Emily was a student here, with the renovation of Hargroves House, addition of the Armat building, and now brand new, multi-purpose building. We can't wait to see Emily cheering alongside fellow alumni and other members of our community at the first home basketball game in our newest addition to campus!

April 30, 2018
Earlier this Spring, Middle School students voted on the floor design for our brand new gymnasium. We had many great options, but in the end our students chose the Greene Street Friends mascot (the Hawks) and our school colors (maroon and white) as the floor lines. We're ready for home basketball games next year!

November 21, 2017
Roe's Pre-Kindergarten class had a special treat today as Lehla, Executive Director of Horizons at Greene Street Friends and GSFS Learning and Literacy Specialist, stopped by to read Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. As we read, students were asked to think about the construction site right on their own campus! Have they seen bulldozers or other equipment like in the book? What could go through the pipes that construction crews laid underground? It's easy to be filled with wonder as the steel structure begins to take shape outside!

November 16, 2017
We have steel! Head of School Ed Marshall was onhand to greet our new friends and we're excited for steel to begin being erected tomorrow.

November 3, 2017
The construction crews have been at work on the new footings for the building. See a time lapse video of their work below:

September 29, 2017
Over the summer we spent lots of time in the inside of the Middle School. Art Teacher Marie Huard (pictured below, right) transformed a back hallway into a beautiful new entrance way that highlights the Quaker S.P.I.C.E.S. that shape our life here at Greene Street Friends and brought a little bit of nature into the space with cattails and grass painted in stairwells.

Now it's time to begin focusing on the inside of the NEW building! Earlier this week, Head of School Ed Marshall, Associate Head of School Ryan Kimmet, and Art Teacher Marie Huard met with Erin Doherty, AIA at DIGSAU to look at finishes for rooms. We have lots of decisions to make about flooring, bulletin boards, counter tops, and all of the finishing touches that will make our new building beautiful, inside and out!

September 13, 2017
The 2017-2018 academic year is off to a great start here at Greene Street Friends School! We have new students, teachers, staff, and changes around our physical campus to prepare for a brand new building. There are new procedures for arrival and dismissal, as well as opportunities for our students to see much larger versions of their favorite construction toys (from a safe distance, of course).

August 1, 2017
This week our staff working in the Middle School over the summer have some very noisy, but also very welcome, neighbors outside in the former parking lot. Crews are hard at work extracting soil to make way for the new building's foundation. This giant footprint gives us all a concrete (pun intended) preview of what's to come in future months! Crews inside the Middle School are working on drywall in the science and art classrooms to prepare for Faculty Work Week later in August. 

July 25, 2017
The Middle School's exterior has received lots of attention on our blog and the inside is starting to feel a bit left out, so this post is all about recent artwork additions INSIDE the building.

Reconfiguring entrances and exits has meant that previously lightly used hallways have now become major thoroughfares for visitors, students, and other members of the Greene Street Friends School community. Our own wonderful Art Teacher Marie Huard spent some time making these spaces beautiful for everyone to enjoy. We won't give away where this hallway is located on campus, but students will definitely see the cattails below regularly when walking to and from classes in the Middle School. Thanks, Marie!

July 14, 2017
The work continues on the outside of the Middle School, with even more going on inside this week. Here's a quick rundown of some recent projects:
—The demolition has been completed!
—The framing in the science and art room, as well as the third floor bathroom, has been installed. Walls will be put up in the next few weeks.
—The elevator shaft has been hollowed out on each floor.
—Two new windows to the science and art rooms have been added, and the contractors are currently widening the openings at the (future) 2nd and 3rd floor connections to the new building (Middle School side facing Greene Street).

In the next few weeks, we'll begin re-grating the playground to ensure proper drainage and then take an artistic approach to a newly busy space.


July 7, 2017
Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day! We had a short (and wet) week here at Greene Street Friends, but that didn't stop our work around campus. This week masons chiseled into the playground side of the Middle School to install new windows. Next up the iron fence that used to separate the Middle School and playground was moved to the Tree Lab. We are thankful that we could live out our Quaker SPICES by showing stewardship in re-purposing the fence in the Tree Lab, used for outdoor play and learning throughout the school year.   

June 27, 2017
Watch out below! Demolition has begun on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Middle School (side facing Greene Street). The windows have been removed and plywood boards have been put in their place. The elevator shaft is also undergoing construction, as are the bathrooms. Staff have their hard hats and closed toed shoes handy at all times!

June 22, 2017
Does anyone else feel like they're an extra in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial? Plastic sheets separate our hardworking Armat Building staff from the "zone of disruption" outside. Meanwhile the stairwell beside Middle School Dean Kiri's office prepares to undergo its own renovation in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to see if staff find their way out of the building or remain quarantined! At least they can always phone home...  

June 19, 2017
Just because students are out for summer and faculty have wrapped up report cards, classroom cleanup, and other end of year tasks doesn't mean it's quiet on campus! This morning remaining administrative staff were greeted by construction crews, already hard at work. Bulldozers continue to dig up the former parking lot and jack hammers pound away. The new normal Monday morning at Greene Street Friends!

June 5, 2017
Just in time for the last week of school- check out our brand new perimeter fence! We've developed a new plan for dismissal and have been practicing in anticipation of next year. Our construction team hopes to have most of the steel structure up when students return in the Fall!

May 18, 2017
Here's some video of the backhoe in action!

May 12, 2017
Thank You to Everyone Who Joined Us for Our Groundbreaking!
Crossing our fingers that the rain would hold off, we broke ground in the Armat Street Building's Parking Lot on Thursday, May 11th. We were joined by current families, student, Faculty, Staff, Board of Trustees Members, alumni, and community members. Head of School Ed Marshall, Campaign Chair Emily Hargroves Fisher '49 and Board of Trustees Member Betty Turner all spoke about the importance of the new building for both Greene Street Friends and our broader community. 

The new 19,500 square foot building will include a gymnasium, auditorium, classrooms, art studio, and meeting space for community organizations. Check out this video about the new building.

Groundbreaking- May 11th at 6:00 p.m.
We are excited to break ground on our new building in just a few days! W.S. Cumby has been hired as the lead builders and has worked with other private schools, including: The Shipley School, Swarthmore College, and George School. Check back for pictures and video from the event!
We look forward to breaking ground on our first new construction in over 100 years later this Spring! Our school is growing, from 228 students to 318 over the last decade. We believe that children thrive with the academic and social interactions possible with two classes per grade level. This growth is especially exciting as our commitment to diversity and accessibility continues to deepen. 40% of our families receive financial aid and we continue to increase the diversity of our student body each year. When combined with our 90% retention rate, we are quickly outgrowing existing spaces.

Anticipating continued growth, we began planning and visioning for a brand new building in 2012. We set an ambitious fundraising goal of $5,000,000 and now, thanks to so many supporters, we are all set to break ground on a brand new building! The new space will be located adjacent to the Armat Street Building and will house:

  • Multi-purpose room to accommodate athletes (as a gymnasium); performing arts center and school-wide assemblies (as a stage with seating area) 
  • Science laboratory
  • Art room
  • Combined music room, rehearsal space and green room
  • Suite of four classrooms 

  • The new building will also be available to the larger Germantown community, opening our campus in a new way to our neighborhood. We are very near our fundraising goal, but there is still need to make our vision reality. Join us by making a gift today!