Mission & Values

MISSION and philosophy STATEMENT

Greene Street Friends is a Quaker school that inspires our student body, who represent the diversity of Philadelphia at large, to be world changers and seekers of knowledge, equity, and social justice. We value the richness of our diversity, encourage empathy and responsibility, and expand how students perceive the complexities of their experiences.


The character of our community, located in the heart of historic Germantown, is rooted deeply in respect for everyone, stemming from the Quaker belief in “that of God” in all, and strengthened by our caring, spiritual relationship with Green Street Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.


Cultivated by the school community, students foster partnerships with our Germantown and surrounding neighbors, affirming themselves and others as they come to honor differences in ability, language, skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family structure, or family income. Emphasis on simplicity, stewardship, integrity, and the reliance on peaceful conflict resolution underlie our inclusive community.


We provide a holistic, robust curriculum, working to ensure each student’s fullest academic, social-emotional, physical, and spiritual development. We encourage self-advocacy, resilience, leadership, and creativity with innovative teaching methods and our Life Skills curriculum. Our students develop the skills and character to thrive in their academic environments beyond Greene Street Friends School, and to make the world a better place.

revised April 2018