Students at Delaware Valley Friends have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of clubs and activities outside the classroom.
Many of the clubs and activities stem from student interest and initiative, and provide a way for them to connect to each other reinforcing the value of community. Each club has a faculty sponsor and faculty oversight. Most clubs and activities meet during Community time, but a few meet before or after school.
Clubs and activities are also wonderful opportunities to test out ideas students and teachers have for new sports or course offerings – and some have been adopted into the main curriculum as courses (ASL, American Sign Language) or as league sports (Ultimate Frisbee, Golf, Girls' Lacrosse).
Some examples of current clubs and activities include:
Quaker Student Government and Committees
Based on the Quaker Meeting for Business model, students, faculty, and administration all come together in a Town Hall Meeting style gathering to share opinions about a variety of issues, provide input to student leaders, and make decisions about school policies and approaches.
Student government subcommittees include:
Made up of the student co-clerks of the high school community government committees. Time is set aside for committee clerks to update each other on what each of the committees are doing to increase participation in school activities and promote school spirit and discuss ways that the school can engage in activities outside of school that relate to Friends’ testimonies. It is also a time for committee clerks to share challenges they are facing and to ask for advice from their fellow co-clerks.
Explores issues such as peace, social justice, hunger, immigration, etc., within small groups as part of Quaker worship
Oversees all grade-wide and school-wide social activities.Meets
Upper School Service Committee
Plans and organizes school-wide service projects.
Middle School SERVICE COMMITTEE
Plans and organizes service-related activities for the Middle School that will occur during the school day. We also work with the Upper School service committee to plan service drives and activities throughout the year. Meets Mondays during Community Period.
The Diversity Committee is open to all members of the DVFS community. The mission of the committee is to provide a framework upon which students and staff can build a community of inclusion without forfeiting one's identity. The goal is to help move our community towards the recognition of a variety of differences and the inclusion of all regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, economic differences and learning differences. Each year, members are selected to attend the annual National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). The SDLC is a "multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the county that focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community."
BSU (Black Student Union)
A subcommittee of the Diversity Committee focussed on creating a safe space for students of color to consider issues of racial equality within our community and the wider world. Open to all members of the DVFS community.
Provides unity and acceptance for all who identify as Latinx; provides education to combat stereotypes and fight ignorance; represents Latin culture at DV.
The Feminism Group is a subcommittee of the Diversity Committee and offers members a forum to engage in activities related to the ideal of gender equality. They view gender equality as a core element of the Quaker testimony of equality. In keeping with that testimony, members of the feminism club explore ways to raise awareness about equality, to support education initiatives for women worldwide, and to improve communication and cooperation among all people regardless of gender. Members of the feminism club seek to educate themselves and the community about concerns that create an impediment to equality, such as wage inequality, educational inequality, and violence toward women. They also celebrate the strength, power, and potential inherent in all human beings regardless of gender. Through meetings, discussions, and community-wide presentations and activities, the members of the feminism club are committed to creating a more inclusive DVFS and a better world for everyone. Anyone in the community is welcome; in fact it’s important to point out that Feminism by definition is a belief in equality, not superiority and not separation. They welcome, in fact HOPE for a mixed gender membership. Feminism Group meets during fifth period lunch on Fridays on a roughly alternating basis with the Social Justice Club, which by nature shares our ideals.
S.A.F.E. Committee (Students And Faculty for Equality)
A student government committee dedicated to promoting an atmosphere at DVFS that is inclusive and accepting of all people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation . The committee's goal is to increase awareness and understanding.
A group of students formed this club to explore and to create systems that combine aguaculture with hydroponics.
Enjoy some friendly competition while having fun and meeting new people on the Badminton court!
Open to all student, teach and learn chess while thinking creatively.
Upper and Middle School vocal ensemble. Performs contemporary popular music. Rehearses Fridays during Community Period and the group performs at the Holiday Assembly, Music Department Cafes, and Music Festival. Open to all interested students grades 6-12.
DV Rock Band
Upper and Middle School band. Performs contemporary rock, folk, and jazz songs. Rehearsals take place during Community Time and some mornings before school DV Band performs at Coffeehouses, assemblies, and the Annual Arts Festival.
All drums, all the time -Different Drummers is an informal drum circle that plays a variety of styles including Caribbean and African rhythms. Open to anyone interested, drum circle meets Wednesdays during Community Time.
The spring all-school musical production is an original work with story and music written and performed by DVFS students. There are many ways to be involved from the writing team, to the orchestra, to the cast and stage crew. The 2018 production dates are March 15, 16, 17.
This year, we have Upper and Middle School Gamers Clubs. Provides a space for those who wish to build community through gaming.
Join science department chair Steve Cooney in his room during Friday Community Time where he screens such classics as the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera. All are welcome.
Students and teachers gather to sample various teas and treats brought in by club members and take time to unplug from technology and engage in conversation.
The LitMag club publishes the school's literary magazine everyanything that features lower, middle and upper school authors and artists. Students also act as the editorial staff. The magazine won an American Scholastic Publishing Awards in 2010 and 2011.
In Yoga Club, we explore basic yoga postures and breathing techniques to feel the benefits of increased focus and energy, reduced stress, developing strength and flexibility, and having fun with movement. Yoga is open to all grade levels and meets Thursdays after school from 3:25 - 4:00.
Our buddies club where upper school students engage in fun, relationship building and mentoring activities with our younger middle and lower school students.
School Dances are held three times per year and are planned by the Activities Committee as part of the Upper School Student Government. Dances are open to students in grades 9-12, and students are encouraged to bring friends from other schools. In addition to these dances, the senior class sponsors a Prom each year. DVFS faculty and administration chaperone these events.
Movie and Game Nights
Students in all grade levels are invited to share a fun evening at DVFS with friends watching a movie or playing board games. Snacks are provided and DVFS faculty act as chaperones. The student-run Activities Committee plans these events and students are welcome to bring friends from other schools. There are typically several of these events per school year.
The Prom Committee plans the Sr. Prom, including fundraising, venue, invitations, decorations, and favors. Open to seniors only. Meets on Fridays at upper school lunch as needed.
Senior Class Gift Committee
This is a leadership group open to all seniors. Meets once a week during upper school lunch. The committee leads the senior class in developing, organizing and implementing all-school fundraising activities that benefit theSenior Class Gift to DVFS.
Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 3 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.