ABLE Program

The ABLE (Adventure Based Learning Experiences) program is devoted to enhancing critical skills and self-concepts that contribute to success within academic classes and outside of the school environment.

These skills and concepts include: self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, and leadership. The pedagogy is adventure based. The courses are group oriented, experiential programs that are customized in-house for DVFS students. The courses provide high school credit and are required for graduation.

ABLE offers various courses throughout the year.(current ABLE year's offerings) Some are extended trips such as sailing in the Florida Keys, hiking the Inca trails in Peru, exploring the rain forest in Costa Rica, canoeing in Canada, and bike touring in Maryland. Others are a series of individual days closer to home including rock climbing and local ropes courses.

In the middle school, we provide an introduction to ABLE through teambuilding and orienteering at the start of the year and experiential education days in the middle of the year.

PLEASE NOTE: students are required to complete one ABLE course prior to graduation.

Students may choose to participate in more than one ABLE course during their time in upper school at DVFS, but they are not required to take an ABLE course each year - just one (1) before graduating.

Sign up now for 2016-17 ABLE courses:


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Join the DVFS Dragon Boat team and help us go for the gold!

DVFS is once again competing in the International Dragon Boat race on the Schuylkill, when dozens of teams from the Philly area will come together for a day of intense, but friendly, competition. This year's event is Saturday, October 7th, 2017. Our "Distracted Dragons" team is comprised of faculty and staff, trustees, parents, alumni, and friends of friends. After a close and contested race last year with a Bronze finish, we are looking to paddle away with the Gold this year. No prior paddling experience necessary - just bring your love of competition and DVFS!

Our team will have one practice a month, June through September. We'll have a team kick-off on Tuesday, May 30 at the Bonefish Grill in Newtown Square, where we'll talk practice schedule, fundraising goals and strategies, and of course, how we can take home the big prize this year. Contact to join the fun!

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