Application Process

Applying to Delaware Valley Friends School is a multi-step process, but our Admissions and Financial Aid Office is here to help you every step of the way.

Request a DVFS Admissions application/information:

A complete DVFS application will include:

  • An application completed by both the parent(s) and the student
  • School records and teacher recommendations sent directly from the school
  • Authorization for Release of Information for School Records
  • Authorization for Release of Information by Professionals
  • A thorough psychoeducational evaluation that has been administered within the last 24 months, including a WISC IV or a WAIS IV
  • Our $100 application fee
  • Preferably, a recent photo of your applicant
Please send your completed application to:
    Kathy Barry
    Assistant Director of Admissions
    Delaware Valley Friends School
    19 East Central Avenue
    Paoli, PA 19301

When we receive all materials listed above, the application is considered complete. The Admissions Office will coordinate its careful review by our Applications Committee.

Your Visits
If the Applications Committee believes your student will benefit from our program, s/he will be invited to spend a day at DVFS.  During this full day visit prospective students attend classes and activities with a DVFS student in their grade and are our guest for lunch.  The prospective DVFS student will also meet with an Admissions officer and possibly Administrators. 

A parent interview with Mary Ellen Trent, Director of Admissions, is required.

Our Decision
All faculty and administrators who have met the prospective student during their visit will submit a written evaluation.  The Admissions Committee then reviews the completed file and makes the final decision regarding enrollments.  Applicants will be notified in writing and by telephone of the final enrollment decision.

DVFS Placement Testing
While we consider all the testing you have submitted in your application, prospective students may be asked to complete some testing during their full day visit.  If this is not the case, we may require accepted students to complete testing for placement purposes prior to starting at DVFS.  Testing may be administered in the following areas: decoding, reading comprehension, reading fluency, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and math.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available from Delaware Valley Friends School based on need.  Delaware Valley Friends School does not grant academic or athletic scholarships.  Please refer to the Financial Aid section of the website to learn about applying for aid. 

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


Our Open Houses provide an ideal opportunity to learn about DVFS. 

Upcoming dates are listed below, and both parents and students are welcome. You will get a brief overview of the school, tour the campus with current DVFS students, and have a chance to ask any questions you may have.


Online Form


Phone 610-640-4150 ext. 2160

Open House Calendar

Mar 11

Open House

Location: Media Center
Time: 7:00 PM
Mar 25

Open House

Location: Media Center
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DVFS does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or on the basis of national or ethnic origin, in admissions and financial programs, in the administration of its educational program or in employment policies.