Delaware Valley Friends School

19 E Central Ave
Paoli, PA 19301-0193
Tel: (610)640-4150
Grades: 6 - 12 | 184 students
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The ABLE (Adventure Based Learning Experiences) program, founded by DVFS in 1986, is a hands-on, outdoor experiential education program providing students with a kinesthetic and alternative way to learn important life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and decision making. Available to all DVFS students on a semester basis, the ABLE program gives students the opportunity to succeed in non-traditional educational activities.
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The ABLE (Adventure Based Learning Experiences) program, founded by DVFS in 1986, is a hands-on, outdoor experiential education program providing students with a kinesthetic and alternative way to learn important life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and decision making. Available to all DVFS students on a semester basis, the ABLE program gives students the opportunity to succeed in non-traditional educational activities.
Delaware Valley Friends School’s (DVFS) golf team plays the area’s first official indoor scholastic golf match using high-tech simulators at Play-a-Round Golf in Malvern.

“It’s likely this was the first match of its kind in the region,” said Steve Cooney, DVFS’ golf coach. “We played a virtual representation of Pine Needles in North Carolina, a course that has hosted a USGA Women's Open Championship.”
In April 2009, This past month, Delaware Valley Friends School’s (DVFS) boys’ varsity basketball team placed third an international tournament in Amman, Jordan. Head of School, Katherine Schantz, and Athletic Directors, Jalal Rhamirich and John Maglio accompanied the students. More than 15 teams from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt participated; DVFS was the lone representative from the United States.
Inspired by their summer reading, teachers Jean Smith and Dave Calamaro joined forces to pioneer Pennies for Peace at Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS). “Three Cups of Tea got us to thinking about how important it is to integrate service and charity into our school’s curriculum,” said Smith.
Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) students held their 2009 school dance in honor of graduating seniors called “Life is a Highway.” Students decorated the DVFS Café with seniors’ baby pictures and present-day snapshots and also enjoyed a slide show with help of senior parents.
Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) held their Winter Assembly featuring readings from the winners of this year’s writing contest and a concert with student musicians and Scot Sax and Sharon Little.

DVFS musicians have been preparing for the Winter Assembly for weeks. Scot Sax and Sharon Little have been working with the students in their studio in Ardmore where the kids recorded three original songs. Sax and Little have worked with both Robert Plant and Allison Krause this past year.
Delaware Valley Friends School is a coed Quaker college preparatory school serving students with learning differences in grades 6-12. For 27 years, 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.
It offers 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., 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.

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 6 - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Learning Differences,Dyslexia, Executive Functioning,ADD, AD/HD, Dysgraphia
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:

  • For 28 years, Delaware Valley Friends has been 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: 05/28/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Villa Maria Academy High School (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Show-n-tell Nursery Day School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Episcopal Day School (0.6 miles away)
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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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