Beyond the Classroom
Many important teaching moments occur outside of the traditional classroom setting. This is especially true for students who learn differently. At Delaware Valley Friends we thoughtfully build these learning opportunities into both curricular and extracurricular activities. Whether it is on a sailboat in the Florida Keys on an ABLE trip, on the field competing with their teammates against other area independent schools, or as part of a lunchtime club or service project, DVFS students are part of a dynamic and caring community that encourages them to reach outside their previous experiences to try new things and explore new talents and interests. Most importantly, these activities help students to build new and deeper relationships with peers, teachers and coaches, and to get to know themselves a little better along the way.
A program that many students find life-changing. In middle school, students are introduced to the program during orientation with team building and orienteering exercises. In upper school, it includes overnight trips, sailing the Florida Keys, hiking Inca trails in Peru, bike touring in Maryland, or rock climbing in Pennsylvania.
We have an active, competitive athletics program. Interscholastic sports begin in middle school and continue through the varsity level. Approximately 80% of students at DVFS participate in at least one team sport and many do more.
We have a wide variety of clubs and after-school activities to encourage students to join together around a common interest or socialize in a safe, supervised setting. Student interests and initiative drives these opportunities, and student committees manage and schedule the logistics in concert with faculty advisors and school administration.
Students form close connections with peers and faculty in our warm, supportive community based on Quaker values. Students feel a sense of belonging and are treated with respect. Leadership is encouraged in ways large and small, but particularly within our Quaker-based student government where student-led committees work collaboratively to organize student life at DVFS.
Stewardship and paying back to the community are two central values within the Quaker tradition. Our service learning program provides opportunities for students to reach out – both within our own community and particularly beyond our walls – to help others in need.
Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 5 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.