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Delaware Valley Friends School

Delaware Valley Friends School is a coeducational private Friends special needs school for students in grades 6 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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Delaware Valley Friends School is a coed Quaker college preparatory school serving students with learning differences in grades 6-12. A national leader in the field of language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing, ADHD and executive function challenges. Delaware Valley Friends employs proven research-based instructional techniques and innovative technologies to help students build the skills they will need to become life-long learners. It offers 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 so 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., 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. DVFS's Adolescent Literacy Program is the only Orton-Gillingham based school program in the tri-state region that has been accredited by both leading organizations in the field of LD education: IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language education Council) and IDA(International Dyslexia Association).


College preparatory with Orton-Gillingham based reading and writing remediation program embedded throughout the curriculum. Provides support for ADHD and executive function challenges. Explicit instruction in metacognition - how each individual student learns best - and self-advocacy skills and strategies.

Middle School Program (grades 6-8) combines AMLE standards of mid-level education with best practices in educating adolescent with language-based learning disabilities.

Mission Statement

The mission of Delaware Valley Friends School is to prepare students with learning differences for future work and study.

The school develops those personal strengths which enable students to succeed in its college preparatory curriculum. The school also recognizes that it has a responsibility to share its expertise with teachers and students beyond the school community.

Delaware Valley Friends School carries forward the Quaker heritage of compassion and justice. We acknowledge that of God in everyone and nurture the unique personal worth and potential good inherent in each individual.




Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.


  (610) 640-4150

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 158
Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Dress Code Casual
Head of School   Kirk Smothers
Director of Admissions   Mary Ellen Trent


DVFS has a wide range of extracurricular opportunities available to students from interscholastic sports (80% student participation) to arts (75% student participation), clubs, service and social activities. Performing arts options include DV Singers (vocal ensemble), DV Rock Band, DV Drummers, and Middle School Drama and Movement. Clubs include Diversity Club, Social Justice Club, Tea Club, and Student Government. In addition, school-wide community service projects and social activities such as movie and game nights and school dances round out school life at DVFS.
  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choral Groups
  • Cross Country
  • Drama Club
  • Drawing
  • General Culinary
  • Golf
  • Literary Magazine
  • Photography
  • Student Government
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Associations & Memberships

Friends Council on Education (FCE)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

State or regional independent school association

Other school associations

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