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.


DVFS was incorporated in 1986 as a coeducational, independent Friends School for adolescents with learning differences. The school opened in 1987 with 21 students at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr. In 1997, the school moved into their own completely renovated building in Paoli. The school is operated by a Board of Directors and is under the care of the Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

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Delaware Valley Friends School is for students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other language-based learning disabilities as well as ADD/ADHD.