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Delaware Valley Friends School

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


Bright students elementary through high school who struggle with reading, writing, executive function, ADHD, memory, processing, or non-verbal learning disabilities.

School's Approach

DVFS is a model Quaker school and a model school for bright and creative students who learn differently.We look at students for their strengths first, and then we help them overcome their individual challenges.Our faculty implements individualized strategies to help students reach new heights of achievement and growth.

Additional Information:

Disabilities Served: Learning disability / ADHD
County: Chester
Location (state-county): PA
Enrollment: 185
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
Transportation provided: yes
Tuition structure (% FAPE reimbursement/financial aid offered, etc.): $36,850-$37,950
Tuition structure: Financial aid offered
Assistive tech used: Dragon Naturally Speaking; iPads; Laptops; Learning Ally; SmartBoards
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
Support services: Counseling
School nurse
Vocational/life skills: College prep
Extracurriculars offered: adventure travel learning experiences, clubs, athletics, student leadership, service learning
Extracurriculars offered: Art
Field trips
Physical education
Specific learning strategies, support services or vocational programs not listed above: Summer program, Transportation
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