Delaware Valley Friends School
Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) was founded in 1986 by Irene McHenry. Located in Paoli, Pennsylvania, DVFS offers secondary Quaker education for students in grades 6 through 12 who have learning disabilities. DVFS is the only Quaker upper school in the Philadelphia region structured for this purpose.
The student-to-teacher ratio at DVFS is approximately 5 to 1, which allows teachers to measure the skills that each student possesses, and to understand which skills they need to improve upon in order to accomplish their work. The goal at DVFS is not to “catch students up”, but to gain more than one year of skill improvement per year.
The Friends educational approaches[clarification needed] are replicated during the school's summer program, which runs from June to August and features one-on-one tutorials, art classes, and intensive instruction for the advancement of reading and writing skills.