Delaware Valley Friends School

Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #1 - Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader in the field of educating students (grades 3-12) with dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive function disorders, ADHD, and other learning differences located in the Philadelphia area.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #2 - 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.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #3 - 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.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #4 - 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.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #5 - 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 Photo #6 - Upper school chem classes made "elephant toothpaste", an experiment involving a rapid and expansive chemical reaction.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #7 - As part of a basic machines unit in the Middle School Makerspace class, students followed step-by-step instructions to put together their BrushBots with a scrub brush, cork, AA batteries, a small motor, duct tape, rubber bands, and other decorative materials.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #8 - 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.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #9 - 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.
Delaware Valley Friends School Photo #10 - 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.
  • Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader educating bright students (grades 1-12, 1-2 coming Fall 2020) 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, evidence-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.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial 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 AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLearning Differences, Dyslexia, Executive Functioning, ADHD, Dysgraphia, working memory, and processing speed
Year Founded1986
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students198 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Delaware Valley Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers38 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Adopted policy in Meeting for Business by students,staff and faculty.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$38,890
Tuition NotesTuition is all-inclusive. It includes all courses and fees, use of a Mac laptop for the school year, and course materials.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,000
Admissions DirectorMary Ellen Trent
Admissions AssociateKathy Barry


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate FrisbeeBasketballCross Country,
Ultimate Frisbee


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Activities Committee, Diversity Committee, Literary Magazine, S.A.F.E. (Students And Faculty for Equality), Service Committee, Student Government, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
Aquaponics Club, Black Student Union, Chess Club, Feminist Committee, Gaming Club, Jazz Band, LatinX, SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Team, Tea Club, Yoga Club

Arts and Music Programs:
DV Drummers, DV Rock Band, DV Singers, Musical Productions

School Notes

  • Delaware Valley Friends is a national leader in educating students with learning differences like dyslexia and dysgraphia, as well as ADHD, memory and processing issues, and executive functioning challenges.
  • 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.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
Delaware Valley Friends School is a gem of a school. The teachers and administrators are committed to each and every child as a whole and unique individual. Our son is in High School at DV and is fulfilling his academic potential and growing as a person with each year that he is at DV. The DV teachers are wonderful. They are readily available to students outside of class time and also communicate well with parents. Students are active participants in their own educations. They are taught how to work with their learning differences and be self-advocates for what they need to learn. DV is a true community where our son is growing, thriving and being well prepared for college and adult responsibilities. He has also made Friends some of whom are likely to be his friend. for life. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to send our son to DV.
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My twin daughters are both dyslexic and were suffering in our local public school. They did not feel like they could fit in and they could not learn to read even with IEPs for many years. In just a few weeks at DVFS I could see a difference in both of them. They realized that they could learn and that school could be fun. The teachers are extremely creative and caring. DVFS has been a blessing to our family.
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My daughter entered DVFS in 8th grade. When she entered DVFS she was reading at a 5th grade level. She had not passed a test or a quiz at her public school in over a year. Her public school made her feel stupid and ashamed that she had a learning disability. She had given up, she was worn down and her spirit was broken. DVFS turned everything around for my daughter. We watched them wake her back up. She began to learn and then love to learn. We watched her grades climb, and they got better every year. DVFS also rebuilt her self esteem, taught her to embrace her learning disability, taught her how to advocate for what she needs to succeed, encouraged her to get involved, and rejoiced with her every time she broke thru another hurdle. She is now a senior and will be graduating this year. She is reading above a 12th grade level. Her report card is As and Bs. She will be entering college in the fall. She is an intelligent, confident young woman that is ready to take the next step. We will always be grateful for what DVFS did for our daughter and the words thank you are not enough.
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Public school was not good for my son. The special education program was not helpful. I did not see much growth and he wasn't working to his fullest potential. Once I sent him to DVFS he changed socially and academically. He is now an honor roll student. The teachers are very helpful and kind. The teachers provide additional help to students outside of their regular class times. The students are respectful. My son loves going to school and talking about the things he's learning about. DVFS is a great school and I would recommend it to any parent that has a child with learning difficulties.
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Delaware Valley Friends School is a fantastic place for students with learning differences to excel. My daughter has been there for 3 years and has become a confident, self-advocate with a clear understanding of her learning needs. She has had opportunities for service, leadership and growth that simply would not have been available to her at any other school. Her teachers have been incredibly supportive and have given her the skills she will need moving forward into college and beyond. I highly recommend DVFS and wold encourage anyone who is considering it for their student to attend an open house to learn more about this lifenchanging school.
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Public school was toxic for my daughter to the point that I did not even know who she was anymore. I thought I had lost my sweet girl, until I placed her at DVF. After a few months she became a kind, morally focused, and respectful individual who has aspirations for her future. Thank you for giving me my daughter back.
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When I was in elementary public school. I never understood why I couldn't do well in certain classes. Then I found out I was dyslexic. I never cared too much about school from then on. Until I went to DVFS. I then was never embarrassed about my "disability " they presented it as a difference which I first thaught was a sugar coded way of saying learning disability but I was wrong. Nothing prevented me from being able to learn I just needed to learn how I learn. I spent 4 years of high school learning how I learn best and with that way how should I best study. This gave me so much encouragement. I am now an alumni of not only DVFS but also Cornell University.
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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.
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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.
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