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Delaware Valley Friends School

Kirk Smothers, Head of School

  • Education

Essential Information

19 E. Central Ave.
Paoli, PA 19301


For 26 years, Delaware Valley Friends School has been a national leader in educating students who learn differently. DVFS provides a proven research-based college preparatory program; expert, individualized instruction; cutting-edge assistive technology; and an emphasis on building skills in a nurturing Quaker environment.

Additional Information

Website: http://www.dvfs.org

Disabilities Served: Learning disability / ADHD

County: Chester

Location (state-county): PA-Chester

Enrollment: 160

Grades or ages of school: Grades 5-12

Staff:student ratio: 1:4

Gender of students: coed

% of graduates who attend college: 98%

Offers summer camp, program or school: yes

School's Approach: Quaker values.

Paid Blurb 2015-2016: no

Paid Blurb 2016-2017: no

Update 2015-16: no

Update 2016-17: no

Transportation provided: yes

Tuition structure (% FAPE reimbursement/financial aid offered, etc.): Upper School is $37,950; Middle School $36,850; financial aid available

Tuition structure: Financial aid offered

Adaptive tech used: MacBook Air laptop computer 1:1 included in tuition, Interactive smart boards Digital document cameras iPads LiveScribe Smart Pens iPods; iFlash (digital flash cards) Kurzweil (text to speech) Dragon Dictate (speech to text) Learning Ally Readers (audio text books)

Learning strategies/therapies utilized: DVFS teachers are education specialists in teaching methods that are successful for students with learning differences. Our instruction is individualized and differentiated based on students' specific learning challenges and needs. We provide direct, explicit instruction delivered through a number of modalities in each class supported by assistive technology, compensatory strategies and appropriate accommodations to allow each student to access the curriculum content at a level that reflects the rigor of a college preparatory program at a pace and manner that fits their specific learning style. DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program to address the specific needs od students in the middle and high school years. Based on Orton-Gillingham principles, it is the only school-based program in PA, DE or NJ accredited by both the International Multisensory Structure Language Education Council and the International Dyslexia Association.

Learning strategies: Orton-Gillingham

Extracurriculars offered: adventure travel learning experiences, clubs, athletics, student leadership, service learning

Extracurriculars offered: Sports

Specific learning strategies, support services or vocational programs not listed above: Summer program, Transportation

Paid Blurb 2016: no