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Delaware Valley Friends School

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


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.

School's Approach

Quaker values.

Additional Information:

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
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
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
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