At the Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS), we believe that by applying proven, research-based methods and approaches, bright students with learning disabilities or differences can become successful in college and beyond.
DVFS offers a rigorous college-preparatory experience for students of average to above average intelligence who have language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and central auditory processing. In addition to these differences, some of our students experience difficulties with executive function, organization and memory issues, and/or ADD/ADHD.
We cover challenging content at a patient pace. Our expectations of our students are high and our course content is consistent with a strong college preparatory curriculum – but with extra time devoted to remediation and skills-building needed to empower students to become independent learners.
Our curriculum is grounded in research-based methods and techniques for teaching students with learning disabilities/differences, such as the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction. Teachers address students’ varied learning needs by using multi-sensory teaching methods and by direct teaching of learning strategies.
We use the tools of technology effectively. Our teachers draw from an array of technologies proven effective for LD learners to help each of their students thrive.
Self-understanding and self-advocacy are critical elements of a DVFS education. Beginning in Middle School, students investigate (in age-appropriate ways) their specific learning disability or difference to better understand how to succeed in the classroom. By the time students graduate, they have developed a remarkable understanding about how they learn best, and can clearly and confidently articulate their abilities and learning needs.