Upper School

Delaware Valley Friends Upper School program offers a robust college preparatory curriculum within a learning environment specifically designed for students with learning differences.

On average, 98% of Delaware Valley Friends graduates go on to college level studies. Students are guided through the college application process by our College Counselor, Hallie Ciarlone (College Counseling). DVFS graduates attend a variety of colleges, including four-year programs and top art and culinary schools. See a list of recent colleges where DVFS seniors have been accepted.

Our small class sizes, optional one-on-one tutorials, innovative teaching techniques grounded in the Orton-Gillingham approach and latest LD research, and use of state-of-the-art technologies to support different learning challenges help guide and support students successfully through this rigorous academic curriculum.

One of the hallmarks of our upper school program is the variety of unique and innovative learning experience we offer, including:

  • Adventure Learning through our ABLE program
  • A wide range of art electives from drawing and painting to ceramics, photography and videography and culinary arts
  • Opportunities for both boys and girls to play competitive team sports as part of the Tri-County Athletic League
  • A variety of student clubs and activities such as Diversity Club, Tea Club, DV Singers, DV Band and the Literary Magazine
  • Service Learning opportunities through the school and various local community organizations
  • Participation in Student Government, which is based on the Quaker Meeting for Business model
  • Quaker values are a central aspect of the school's approach and character at all grade levels. Respect for the individual's unique strengths and talents as well as an emphasis on community provide a nurturing and positive atmosphere for young people to learn and thrive.

Requirements for Graduation

The following courses are required for completion of the Upper School program, grades 9-12.
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of language arts
  • 4 years of social studies (including American History)
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 3 years of science
  • 4 semesters of art, music
  • 4 credits of physical education
  • 1 ABLE elective (completion of 1 ABLE course prior to graduation; not 1 ABLE course per year)
  • Senior internship
  • Community service
  • World Language (on elective basis)
  • Health credit

"It is rare to find a free-standing school for students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD)…Delaware Valley Friends is the best example of a day school at the high school level that has clearly limited its enrollment to bright children with LBLD."

- Steven M. Wilkins M.Ed.,
Head of School,
The Carroll School


Video: Gaining a sense of independence and achievement.
- Hannah, Class of '15

Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150
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