Delaware Valley Friends School

19 E Central Ave
Paoli, PA 19301-0193
Tel: (610)640-4150
Grades: 5-12 | 184 students
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Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader in the field of educating students (grades 5-12) with dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive function disorders, ADHD, and other learning differences located in the Philadelphia area.
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Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader in the field of educating students (grades 5-12) with dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive function disorders, ADHD, and other learning differences located in the Philadelphia area.
The ABLE (Adventure Based Learning Experiences) program is a hands-on, outdoor experiential education program where students learn important life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and decision making.
Middle School students (grades 5 - 8) enjoy class sizes between 4 and 8 students within a skill-based curriculum designed for young students who learn differently.
Our Culinary Arts program is a favorite elective with upper school students and part of our middle school arts rotation - each year some of our graduating seniors go on to top art or culinary schools.
DVFS is an Apple Distinguished School - recognized for innovation in using technology to transform education. Teachers use classroom-based technologies in addition to the individual student laptops personalized to each student's assistive technology needs.
Middle School math students built a tetrahedron using rectangular pieces of paper, straws and tape to enhance their study of angles. Their sculpture now hangs in the main entry of the school.
In our Middle School STEAM initiative, students are embarking on a cross-disciplinary Mission to Mars. Here, students prepare to launch 'stomp rockets' of their own design to test what they have learned about force, speed and trajectory to get their team's rocket as close to Mars (represented by a basketball) as possible.
Our college placement track record is second to none with an average 98% of DVFS graduates matriculating in a college or university or challenging post-secondary arts program upon graduation.
In keeping with Quaker beliefs and values, the School fosters a desire to learn, a spirit of creativity, a strong sense of self-worth, and respect for the worth of others. At DVFS, the SPICES (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Service) are lived and cultivated in all aspects of community life.
Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader educating bright students (grades 5-12) with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. Students receive a comprehensive, research-based, college preparatory curriculum, individualized instruction, cutting-edge assistive technologies, successful college placement, with an emphasis on self-advocacy within a community based on Quaker values.
DVFS is an Apple Distinguished School and the only school program in PA, DE and NJ accredited by both IMSLEC and IDA - the leaders in multisensory instruction. It offers a full array of arts, athletics, and extracurricular opportunities and an outstanding adventure learning program for a well-rounded educational experience.
On average, 98% of graduates go on to college and university level studies.
Located in Paoli, Pa., within walking distance of the SEPTA and AMTRAK lines, the school serves students from across the extended Delaware Valley region, including New Jersey and Delaware and sometimes beyond.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades 5-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Learning Differences, Dyslexia, Executive Functioning, ADHD, Dysgraphia, working memory, and processing speed
Year Founded 1986

Student Body

Total Students 184 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Delaware Valley Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 37 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
62%
Average Class Size 6 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Adopted policy in Meeting for Business by students,staff and faculty.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $36,300
Tuition Notes Tuition is all-inclusive. It includes all courses and fees, use of a Mac laptop for the school year, and course materials.
% on Financial Aid
26%
Average Financial Aid Grant $12,000
Admissions Director Mary Ellen Trent
Admissions Associate Kathy Barry

Sports

Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate FrisbeeBasketballCross Country,
GolfLacrosse,
SoccerTennis,
Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Activities Committee, Amnesty International, Diversity Committee, Drama/Acting Club, Drum Circle, Eye to Eye Mentoring Program, Literary Magazine, Robotics, S.A.F.E. (Students And Faculty for Equality), Seinfeld Club, Service Committee, Student Government, Volleyball Club, Yearbook Drum Circle, Robotics, Seinfeld Club, Yearbook, Activities Committee,
Amnesty International,
Diversity Committee,
Drama/Acting Club,
Eye to Eye Mentoring Program,
Literary Magazine,
S.A.F.E. (Students And Faculty for Equality),
Service Committee,
Student Government,
Volleyball Club,

School Notes:

  • Delaware Valley Friends is a national leader in the field of language-based learning differences.
  • Delaware Valley Friends employs research-based instructional techniques and innovative technologies to help students build the skills they will need to become life-long learners.
  • We offer a full array of arts, athletics, and extracurricular opportunities and an outstanding adventure learning program for a well-rounded educational experience.
  • Delaware Valley Friends is known for small classes, individual attention, and a supportive community based on Quaker values that honors differences and builds students` confidence that they can succeed in school and beyond.
  • On average, 98% of graduates go on to college and university level studies.
  • Located in Paoli, Pa., the school serves students from across the extended Delaware Valley region, including New Jersey and Delaware.

Profile last updated: 02/03/2016

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Villa Maria Academy High School (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Royer-greaves School For Blind (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Episcopal Day School (0.6 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Paoli
    Royer-greaves School For Blind
    Special Education School
    Grades: UG | 12 students
    0.4 miles
    118 S Valley Rd
    Paoli, PA 19301
    (610)644-1810
    0.4UG
    12
  • Paoli
    Grades: K | 17 students
    0.4 miles
    38 E Circular Ave
    Paoli, PA 19301
    (610)296-9025
    0.4K
    17
  • Paoli
    Episcopal Day School
    Daycare / Preschool (Episcopal)
    Grades: PK-K | 165 students
    0.6 miles
    212 W Lancaster Ave
    Paoli, PA 19301
    (610)644-6181
    0.6PK-K
    165
  • Paoli
    Grades: K-9 | 212 students
    0.6 miles
    6 Greenlawn Rd
    Paoli, PA 19301
    (610)644-1670
    0.6K-9
    212
  • Paoli
    Grades: 1-5 | 80 students
    0.9 miles
    1510 Russell Rd
    Paoli, PA 19301
    (610)640-3864
    0.91-5
    80

School Reviews

DVFS provided a quality education that helped our daughter achieve confidence, executive functioning skills, great study habits, and a heart for service. The teachers and staff treat the students with respect and challenge them beyond their "labels". They always communicated with the child but equally with the parent. Their communication was and is impeccable. We are grateful parents and she is a grateful young woman with a bright future starting college this year.
- Posted by Parent, 08/18/15
Delaware Valley Friends School not only changes the lives of their students; it changes, positively, the lives of the entire family. The faculty makes the dreams of each student a reality and helps them achieve all they deserve to be. DVFS has saved our daughter and provided her the future she hoped for.
- Posted by Parent, 04/04/13

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