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Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 264

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5511 Greene Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

(215) 438-7000
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Grateful to: School leader
November 18, 2015
Ed Marshall is a fantastic leader and a very caring, empathetic individual who has really shaped GSFS into a marvelous school.

- submitted by a community member

November 18, 2015
This school is absolutely fantastic! The teachers are phenomenal and genuinely care about student performance. Also GSFS costs considerably less than other area Friends schools, and still manages to provide strong academic programming.

- submitted by a community member
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
September 11, 2015
Friend's schools have a strength in their approach to ethics and fairness; this school in particular teaches teamwork, anti-bullying, acceptance and conflict resolution from an early age.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2015
My child will be graduating from GSFS this year. The academics are very good, the culture of parents, teachers and administrators is extremely warm and caring. My child has had some learning differences and the school has been very reasonable and helpful in working with us to find ways to support her learning style. The school is quite ethnically and economically diverse for for a private school. The Costa Rica Exchange Program is a capstone to a fabulous Spanish program that goes from Pre-K to 8th. We have had no truly bad teachers, all have been at least good, with a number of exceptional teachers. I have no reservations in recommending GSFS and I am very picky!

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2015
While i appreciate the perspective of the reviewers who attended GSFS decades ago, it is of greater importance to hear the voices of those parents with more current encounters with GSFS. As the parent of a vey young child, i dont know if she will be diagnosed with a learning disorder but at an open house, i asked if GSFS could make accomodations bc of the small class size and individualized instruction. I was assured that accommodations could be made. After the open house, I had a long conversation with acurrent parent whose child.is.struggling at GSFS bc of his recently diagnosed ADHD and I was reminded of the bitter court case involving a suburban Friends school some time ago; and i thought again about GSFS. Seems that over the years GSFS has moved away from the original mission and is focused on being more like Germantown Friends-elite. I am still looking for that community school for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2014
I absolutely love this school for my son and he loves it too! The staff is friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2013
I spent my elementary school years at Greene Street Friends back in the late 1950's thru the early 1960's. The best experience in my entire life. I will always cherish the many fond memories from my time at GSF. My education at Greene Street had a positive and lasting impact on whom I am and my approach and attitudes. Thank you to everyone and keep up the great work.

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2013
This the best school I have ever enrolled, I have learned so much through out the years of being there. I truly loved this school, and I am pretty sure everyone else who has step foot through the doors of this school has to.

- submitted by a community member

May 22, 2013
I am a parent and a grand parent, so my opinion spans 40 years with this school. I love this school but that's because my priorities and this school's intentions are very closely matched Because it is a Quaker school, it does a great job of teaching tolerance, peace awareness, self-reflection and compassion. The standards are high and the curriculum is inventive and well coordinated. Some teachers are truly exceptional, no teacher is bored or sadistic, and all teachers are better than competent. Most parents are friendly and you meet a lot of interesting people on the play ground. You will like the children your child chooses for friends. Unlike some other Quaker schools, Greene Street is neither expensive nor elitist. it is important to know when considering this school that it is not designed for children with exceptional educational needs - at both ends of the spectrum. Because the school is small, it can be more adaptive than a public school. However it does not have the resources of a public school or a more expensive private school.

- submitted by a community member

November 07, 2010
Our child has "special needs" and the school has worked with us to get appropriate emotional and academic support. Because the school is small and private, it doesn't have the resources to provide a full panoply of special education services. Thankfully our needs have been manageable because this is a terrific school. The quality of instruction, the emphasis on developping social skills and an ethic of peace and mutual respect, and the warmth and kindness that permeate are a blessing. I don't discount the experiences of the reviewer who felt the school was inappropriate for their special needs child. Every kid is different. The student who felt the school had too many cliques is relating his or her experience. It hasn't been ours. Except the bit about parent cliques. They exist, but the vast majority of families are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2010
Greene Street is not the appropriate school for children who have any type of special needs. We were impressed by the "diverse" culture of the school but once our child became a member of its learning community we found that the school was not as diverse as we thought. Beware of false advertisement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 21, 2010
Greene Street creates a wonderful & inclusive learning experience for the students. And a strong foundation for there future. It's a community within a community!!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2010
They don't deal with the social stuff well especially during recess and lunch. Too many qliques for such a small scholl some run by parents!

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 18, 2009
Greene Street is a wonderful, diverse school. They value the whole child and spend time developing social skills as well as academic skills. The faculty does a wonderful job of differentiating for different children's learning styles. When students graduate, they leave as confident people rooted in strong values who value diversity and have a strong sense of ownership over their own learning. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2006
I am really impressed with the level of communication and commitment exhibited by the staff and faculty. I don't think I could have made a better choice for my child.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2005
GSFS offers the greatest nurtusing environment for your child next to being at home. In addition,the great academic support and parental involvement is overwhelming. It was the best six years of my childs educational life.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2005
This is a great school. The teachers are really open to talk with fathers and help on kids education. In average we are really happy with this school and the personnel on it.

- submitted by a parent
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Greene Street Friends School
5511 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA  19144
(215) 438-7000
Last modified Greene Street Friends School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Greene Street Friends School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top