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Delaware Valley Friends School

Kirk Smothers, Head of School
Map19 E. Central Ave.
Paoli, PA 19301
  • Independent School


A national leader in the field of educating bright students in grades 3-12 with dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive function disorders, ADHD, and other learning differences through engaging, innovative, personalized learning led ny expert faculty in a supportive Quaker community.

Points of Pride: Makerspace, annual musical production (original work written, scored, performed by students), Adventure Learning with trips to Peru, Costa Rica & Florida Keys, Tri-county Independent Schools sports league, SeaPerch underwater robotics competition (Greater Philadelphia Champions 2016), Student films won Bridge Film Festival Judge's Choice Award for New Media, 2016 and 2017.

High School Specifics

Student College Acceptances: Franklin & Marshall, Temple University, University of Maryland, Johnson & Wakes University, McDaniel College, Clark University, Hampton University

HS Short Description

Delaware Valley Friends is a coed Quaker, college preparatory school for bright students, grades 3 - 12, who struggle with reading, writing, math, memory, processing, ADHD, executive functioning, and other learning differences.

Additional Information:

Select State: PA
County: Chester
Grades of School: 3-4
Gender: Coed
Enrollment: 198
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Students per teacher: 5:1
Tuition: Lower School: $33,950; Middle School: $38,250; Upper School: $39,670
Financial aid offered?: yes
Technology programs, what grade offered?: classrooms have digital document cameras, projectors, smartboards; students have access to and training in a variety of laptop-based assistive technologies
Standardized test scores: High proficiency
World languages taught and year in which instruction begins: Spanish
Extracurricular Activities: Academic/literary clubs
Community service
Instrumental music
Visual arts
School climate (what are you known for?): Academic rigor
Unique curriculum
Warm community
Some special needs accommodated>: yes
Summer program?: yes
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