Greenwood’s vigorous, personalized curriculum supports and challenges every child, nurturing natural curiosity and encouraging academic excellence. Preschool through 8th grade students explore their world locally and globally. Greenwood encourages students to learn through innovation and collaboration, preparing them to succeed in our changing world.
Greenwood’s highly-skilled and dedicated faculty design the school’s curriculum, which exceeds the standards set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. The curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and inquiry-based science. These core academic subjects are enriched by art, music, foreign language, library, technology skills, outdoor education and social-emotional learning.
The Quaker testimonies of integrity, equality, community, simplicity, and peace underlie Greenwood’s student, faculty, and community life. Quakers, also known as Friends, recognize “that of God” in every person, and based on this belief Greenwood educates hearts as well as minds. Greenwood graduates stand out academically and as citizens who have the confidence and commitment to make a positive difference in the world.
All students participate in community service projects throughout the school year. Older children may volunteer at local service organizations; students as young as preschool may participate in activities that raise funds for non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity or local animal shelters.
Faculty and staff at GFS are as committed to social/emotional learning as they are to academic learning. Positive discipline and responsive strategies are used regularly throughout the school day in order to foster independent conflict resolution skills, which promote communication, problem solving, stress management, emotional regulation, teamwork and interpersonal relationships. The positive discipline tools that are taught at Greenwood are mutual respect, identifying the belief behind the behavior, discipline that teaches, focusing on solutions rather than punishment, and encouragement rather than praise. For more information, please check out our Student Behavior Guidelines .