School Details

Delaware Valley Friends School

19 E Central Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301
(610) 640-4150

(out of 10)

Private Grades 6-12 182 students 5 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Delaware Valley Friends School is a private high school in Paoli. The principal of Delaware Valley Friends School is Pritchard Garrett, whose e-mail is 182 children attend Delaware Valley Friends School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Delaware Valley Friends School is 5:1. Vanguard School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production


  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% %
Black, non-Hispanic 5% %
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 3% %
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Bad management Bad Administration One of the most poorly run institutions I have ever seen. Students tend to have behavior problems and social problems as well as LD's overpriced lunch horribly run lunch program. Feels like Adimistration is selling used cars not an education. 98% of students go to college many less actually graduate college. Does not prepare you for a great college education. Majority of students only accepted to mid to low grade colleges. Tuition is more than some colleges and lunch will still run you a few thousand dollars a year and for three chicken fingers? Some of the teachers are terrific as well as the head of school. However he has a terrible team around him.

  • (4 years ago)

    DVFS is a great school for kids with learning disabilities but its not that much better than some public schools. It also has the best student teacher ratio I have seen 5 1. Here us the problems - DVFS spends money on useless things like an Astro Turf field ($300 000) automatic blind window closers flat screen tvs in the lobby expensive lunches and a badly planned expensive laptop program. - not diverse AT ALL Male 59% Female 41% Quaker 6% Diversity African American 5% Asian American 2% Latino/Hispanic 3% Middle Eastern <1% Native American 0% Multiracial 5% Caucasian 84% everyone is white and male. Overall its not worth the $35 000 for each year with other extra cost for the laptop

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has attended 7th and 8th grade at DVFS after public shool (k-5.5) and private school (5.5-6). OMG - what a difference. She is fitting it much more confident and assured solid work study skills working level on par with public school (but her needs are being met now). Teachers are wonderful - they listen and they care. We had a significant schedule change in early 2010 to meet my daughters needs in language arts (moving up) and the teacher considered her as a 'whole student'- academics social learning need ets. I love this school. We are making this happen so we can have a great college experience and not be turned off by learning in the middle/high school years. I also love the diversity in the student population - so fits the real world.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school helps a kid struggling with learning disabilities realize their potential. The school empowers the child through innovative teaching methods to gain lifelong skills focused on their learning issues and see that despite disability each child can lead a normal fully productive adult life.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a school where students learn to feel good about themselves again academically. We really care about each individual's needs.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have gone to this school for 2 years now and I absolutley love it!!! The teachers become your friends and the kids there are just amazing!!! You get to know kids from all over the Philly area!!! I love DVFS and will definiatley be finishing out my high school year here. I love DVFS!!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son transferred to DVFS after many years at a private school where they refused to help him with his mild learning differences. He loves his teachers and is once again enthusiastic about learning!

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