Parents want their child to be successful in school and in life. Delaware Valley Friends School's focus on successfully preparing students with learning differences to excel in college and beyond sets us apart.
Our track record speaks for itself—98% college placement versus the 68% national average for students with learning differences. Our students are prepared for and succeed in college and life as a result of our research-based teaching methods and innovative learning strategies.
Building broadly applicable academic skills
The benefits of a skills-based curriculum, where the tools and strategies are not only explicitly taught but also consistently reinforced in each content area, become clear when students move on to college and the workforce. Strong reading, writing, analytical, executive function and study skills serve our graduates well regardless of the college or work path they choose. Once students learn how they as individuals learn best - and how to ask or what need in order to achieve, they can be successful anywhere.
Confidence and self-advocacy
Ultimately, success beyond DVFS has a lot to do with confidence and resilience. At Delaware Valley Friends School, students learn to understand and to believe in themselves. They find the courage and confidence to reach for their potential - and, to rebound from their mistakes. They also learn how to articulate the nature of their learning differences and ask for what they need to succeed when necessary. These qualities are impressive in any high school graduate.
Personalized College Counseling
Finding the right fit for their post-DVFS career is another critical part of our college preparation process. Each student receives personal attention and guidance. Our college counselor, Hallie Ciarlone, knows the colleges well - those that actually allow accommodations and those that say they do, but really don't. She helps families look beyond standardized test scores and into the culture of each college and their teaching strategies instead when trying to match students with college options. She also helps direct our parents through every step of the college search process and takes care of pieces that our students need. Students are given a lot of autonomy in the college search process as we coach them in mature decision making.
In addition, we offer an elective course for ACT preparation for students who learn differently, which is the only program of its kind in the area.