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.


The 2018-19 Experiential Learning BrochuRe:

Cover of the 2018-19 ABLE Experiential Learning Brochure showing a female student at the helm of a sailboat this is a



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ABLE peru gofundme linkStudents and faculty members who are going to Peru over spring break are raising funds to support the service project they are doing while there.

In March 2018 our ABLE program will return to Maras to see the fruits of the labor of previous groups and to continue our support of Maras. Our goal this year is to fill the two greenhouses with a supply of seedlings to help the women of Maras grow another season of new trees and fresh vegetables. We will also be painting another classroom in the school. The work will take place on March 24, 2018, as part of our service and learning trip to Peru. We would like to raise $500 by March 20, 2018 to help fund the purchase of the seedlings for two greenhouses and for the paint and supplies needed for painting the classroom.

WE HAVE ALMOST REACHED OUR GOAL, and are grateful for any additional support you can give to help us fund this project! CLICK HERE TO GO TO GOFUNDME

PLEASE NOTE: This campaign is not raising funds for Delaware Valley Friends School, and donations are not tax deductible. This is a short-term student-led project of the ABLE Program. Checks are also accepted, made out to DVFS with a notation "ABLE Maras Fund" and mailed to Ken Sinapius c/o Delaware Valley Friends School, 19 East Central Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301.

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