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.
CLICK BELOW TO EXPAND AND TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE THREE PILLARS OF THE LOWER SCHOOL PROGRAM:
- CLOSING THE GAP
Click here for full page: CLOSING THE GAP | One of the main components of the DVFS Lower School program is to identify academic areas where students need further instruction to help them get to or make progress towards reaching grade level expectations. We call this process closing the gap. Many areas of academic need are identified in the later years of lower school (grades 3-5) when there is a significant shift in teacher instructional approaches and student academic expectations. Generally, this shift is described as going from “learning to read to reading to learn”. This shift has implications across the curriculum (Social Studies, Science, English and even Math) and has a profound effect on some students ability to find success in the classroom.Read More >
- WELL-ROUNDED CURRICULUM
Click here for full page: WELL-ROUNDED CURRICULUM | In addition to the emphasis placed on closing the gap in a student's reading writing and math skills, the DVFS Lower School program incorporates the philosophy of have having a well rounded curriculum. This is achieved through a variety of classes offered during a student’s “Specials” rotation and integration of skills and themes through the content areas.Read More >
- PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
Click here for full page: PARTNERING WITH PARENTS | We recognize that students in the lower grades benefit and experience greater success when there is consistent and meaningful communication between home and school. The teachers and the administration feel communication between home and school on a weekly basis regarding student progress and achievements is a piece of the program that will create an environment for student growth.Read More >
- Meet the Lower School Team
Meet the Lower School Team
Learn more about the faculty members who will be working with Lower School students in the DVFS Lower School grades 3-5.Read More >
- Lower School Schedule
What does a typical day in the Lower School at Delaware Valley Friends look like?Read More >
- Lower School Inquiry
Start a conversation with the Delaware Valley Friends School Admissions Team. We'll answer any questions you may have, help you find out if DV is a good fit for your student, and assist you in navigating the admissions process.Read More >
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.