Delaware Valley Friends Lower School

The Lower School at Delaware Valley Friends is a nurturing Quaker program for students in grades 3, 4, & 5 where children develop the skills, mindset and knowledge to become happy, confident and able learners.

The three main pillars of our academic program in the Lower School include a commitment to closing the gap in academic skills, educating the whole child through a well-rounded educational experience, and intentional emphasis on partnering with parents to ensure consistency and clear communication between home and school.


  • Meet the Lower School Team
  • Lower School Schedule
  • Lower School Inquiry

Our expert faculty know how to engage young minds using the most effective, research and evidence-based approaches to help our students build a solid foundation for middle and upper school success. A deep understanding of the skills and abilities students need to develop in early school years coupled with a commitment to discover what each student needs to access effective learning creates a dynamic and nurturing classroom environment.

We believe in the power of educating students who learn differently under the guidance of Quaker principles and practice. Our students, who are often judged and misunderstood because of their academic difficulties in mainstream schools, are embraced as people of infinite inherent worth and able to meet their full potential because of the environment and programs of Delaware Valley Friends School.

With the creation of a lower school program, DVFS becomes the only Friends school in the Philadelphia area dedicated solely to the education of students who learn differently from elementary through high school.

Delaware Valley Friends 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.

We are here to answer all of your questions. Call or email anytime for a one-on-one conversation with Mary Ellen Trent, Director of Admissions:, (610) 640-4150 x 2100

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“I have seen first hand the incredible impact our program has on students and families in the middle and upper school. I am thrilled that we will be able to share our educational expertise with a new set of students and families in the lower school. I can't wait to see the new set of success stories that will be created by opening our doors to the students in grades 3 and 4.”

Jason Seggern, Lower & Middle School Director

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Mary Ellen Trent
Director of Admissions
(610) 640-4150 ext. 2100
(email Admissions)

Kathy Barry
Associate Director of Admissions
and Director of Financial Aid
(610) 640-4150 ext. 2120,
(email Admissions)

The School shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, disability or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs, or in hiring, use of volunteers or board membership.

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