Growing Confident Advocates

We teach children to be advocates for their unique learning style and to be confident in their abilities. Our teachers give students the tools and strategies they need to become lifelong learners.

Normalizing difference

At Delaware Valley Friends School students are able to talk openly about their differences and, eventually, those differences become just a part of who they are not ALL of who they are. Students discover the freedom to be more than their learning difference. They start to redefine themselves by what they're capable of, what they enjoy, what they can accomplish - not by what they struggle with or what they can't do.

Metacognition & self-advocacy

Metacognition is an important facet of what students learn as part of a DVFS education. It means understanding your own learning style and being able to articulate what you need to be successful. It also includes understanding how your learning needs evolve and change over time, and how to help your learning abilities grow. Students at Delaware Valley Friends are explicitly taught what their learning differences are, and what that actually means in terms of how they learn. They explore how their brains process and retain information. What skills, strategies and tools will work best for them, based on their specific learning difference. How to use those tools in a variety of settings and subjects. And, how and when to ask for help or for accommodations that they deserve so that they can work and be challenged at the level of their potential - not at the level of their disability. Graduates report that the self-knowledge and self-advocacy skills that they learned at Delaware Valley Friends School are some of the most valuable life-long contributors to their success in college and well beyond.

Partners in learning

At Delaware Valley Friends, students are actively engaged to become partners in their learning. Students have a voice and a responsibility to be part of their own learning support team and to collaborate with their teachers to find the best approaches, tools and strategies tailored to their specific strengths and needs. These skills are approached in developmentally appropriate ways for middle and upper school students. As they move through high school, they are expected to demonstrate increasing independence and personal responsibility.

Student voices are encouraged, heard and respected throughout the school, not just in the classroom. Students are encouraged to take leadership roles in the community through Student Government, clubs, sports teams, and in classroom. They can also initiate new clubs, sports and even courses if they can find sufficient student interest and administrative support. American Sign Language, Ultimate Frisbee and "Steak Club" are three examples of student-led initiatives that have become part of our community over the years.

Delaware Valley Friends School 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.

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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