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 2017-18 ABLE courses:


    • ThuFeb15 ABLE Ski Touring Trip
    • FriFeb16 ABLE Ski Touring Trip
    • SatFeb17 ABLE Ski Touring Trip
    • SunFeb18 ABLE Ski Touring Trip
    • MonFeb19 ABLE Ski Touring Trip
Did you follow along on the ABLE Blog as ABLE Director, Ken Sinapius, led four students - Zach, Louie, Charlie, and Seth - on a fall bike touring adventure along the C&O Canal in Maryland? If you missed the daily updates, you can see them here on the ABLE blog. And below we share some photos from the trip, that capture the adventure and natural beauty the group experienced along the way:
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Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150
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