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Delaware Valley High School

Public | 9-12 | 1763 students


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Posted August 27, 2013

I have very 6 different children--some are athletic, some are academic, some are artistic, and I can honestly say I cannot imagine a better school for my kids. There are art clubs, science clubs, reading clubs, fishing clubs, academic clubs, GSA, sports, and fabulous teachers. One of my kids started college with 27 credits, one with 6. I've been here for 15 years, less 4 years in NJ, and the school there was not comparable. You will find people complaining, but usually 1) they are from a more populated environment, and are not used to a rural environment or 2) it wouldn't matter where they lived, they would have an issue.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2011

I am a former student of DVHS. I have currently graduated in the summer of 2011 and I can honestly say this is one of THE best schools in PA. The teachers are some of the smartest people and they truly know what they are talking about. Yes, the kids are immature, but what school does not have some of them. If you want the best for your kids, this is the school to send them to. The school offers OUTSTANDING organizations such as FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) which is the schools Largest organization with near 200 members. DVHS is also the best school in the State of PA for FBLA. This school is absolutely wonderful.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 16, 2009

It does a great job of integrating the natural beauty of our rural setting on the Delaware River into the sensibilities and environmental caring of its students.

Posted September 14, 2009

I have 2 children in this school and I feel that this is a very good school. The academics are challenging and the teachers are very involved and care. You don't see that in a lot of schools. The teachers want your child to succeed. I give the school and staff an A plus.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2009

I am currently a junior going to DVHS and I would not recommend for anyone to send their kids here. The students are very immature, more so than my old school and the teachers are not very involved.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 27, 2009

I feel the DV schools are unsatisfactory. I had 2 children attending and I have decided that it is better to have my children go to virtual school (on line school at home) than to expose them to the teachers and children at DV schools. I realize all schools have problems, but DV schools have problems from the top down. I would say that if your children are having any academic problems, the school only goes through the motions to help, but there is no substance to the help. It is sad to say that you would be better choosing a charter school or a private school rather than go to DV schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2009

I've had two children attend DVHS, the last one will be graduating in June 09, all I can tell you is that if you as a parent guide your children in the right direction then DVHS will help your child accomplish their goals. The school has been nothing but five stars in my mind...sure there are a few quirks from time to time but who doesn't have them? I only wish I had more children to send to the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2009

I am not at all impressed with this school, I have had several problems with school mistakes along the years, and will be happy when my child is finished. The school is very strict, which has it's positives and negatives, it should worry about some of the larger issues it has, and also set a good example by taking account for their mistakes since this is what is expected of the students, they need to listen to the students and parents more to solve problems. As a parent I feel I have not been heard, nor my child, he is not perfect, but neither is the school. They expect you to accept their mistakes, but expect none from your child. I think they try to portray a better 'front' than what's really there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2008

I have had two children go through Delaware Valley High School and have been very happy with both their expereinces. My second child is now a sophomore in the 'block' and I feel that she has the privilege of bving in a small, highly challenging environment, much like a private school. There are caring teachers, many, many activities (kniting, yoga, election clubs) to choose from and a high standard of academics. You get what you earn. If your child is not interested in school, they will not benefit from any program. The AP offerings are extensive and offered to all. This is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 15, 2008

I'm a sophomore at DV and the school is not good at all with drugs to wrong punishments the school has no morals and don't care about their students all they care about is their test schools and sports, even the teachers aren't happy with how they have to teach their students, the principles of this year and last year are just not good and they don't respect anyone. The school may have good scores and sports but all the football team is on steroids, I've seen them take 'em and heard them talk about taking drugs, it's really sad, people who actually want to learn don't get the chance they should. They school insults the students and expects us to respect them, they cause so much stress it's not funny.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 19, 2007

DVHS appears to be mostly involved in extracurricular activities, if you have a special needs child you might as well find a private or home school your child. They get lost in the system. I have fought this for years in the DV area. These children need more than what the school offers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 23, 2005

The quality of the academic programs are great if your student is interested in math and science. The block program set up at the school was a definite help to when it came to college. The are program is also good, and so are the number of sports available. There are many other extracurricular activities from National Honor Society to Bully Busters to O.M. to TATU. Like any school, student may not do so well if they are not involved in the learning.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 8, 2005

My three children attended K thru 12 and my youngest just graduated high school in 2005. I am very impressed with the music and art programs the school district offers to their students. I believe in giving praise and acknowledging the positive aspects of this school district. The majority of the teachers take pride in what they do; they are dedicated individuals. Through the years, I ve come to know many of the teachers well and have developed lasting friendships with them. At the high school level, upon meeting the criteria, students are recommended for the college level math and science block which is very impressive. I applaud Dr. Candace Finan (DVSD-Superintendent) for being a visionary and insuring that the students' environment is conducive for learning. DV offers so many extracurricular programs -- this is wonderful! Overall, for being a rural public school, DV is a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2005

I'm currently a sophomore this yr. In dv, and I actually enjoy the school. There are so many activities to choose from that I don't know which one to pick! Also the teachers I have this yr. And much better teachers then last years like devizia and nebz. Our school is also becomming stricter about drugs and gangs too, which is positive. Overall I really enjoy dv, it's a fun school to be in, and also has some higher pssa results then other local high schools.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 2, 2005

Overall I think it is a very good school, especially for our area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 6, 2005

This school was a big disappointment for me. Coming from a inner city backround I found that several of teachers didn't have time or didn't care enough to help. I had a brother who was expelled from the school that has ADHD that didn't get the help that he needed. The staff was too quick to punish him instead of help him. The rules are to strict and the lack of help to students with needs is amazing. While I attended the school the only thing that I liked was the electrical program run by Dr. Kenny. He taught me skills that I have later used in life. Also while I was there I was placed in classes that were too advanced for me and no one noticed till it was to late. I'm not sayin that it was all the school's fault, but they could've helped a little more.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 8, 2005

It's funny to read about how some people feel about this high school. All schools have their pluses and minuses. But, DVHS has been a plus for my child. We take the time to blame the school, but what we should be looking at is how the child is parented. The programs that are offered to all students are absolutely great. The classes available to the students meet their needs in the individual subjects. There are many different afterschool programs. Parents and the students need to take the time to see and sign-up for these programs. This school is a excellent school. They try hard to do the best that they can to meet all the needs of their students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 22, 2004

I moved to PA in the hopes of giving my children a better education than NYC schools could provide for them. Although safety issues are a bit better in DVSD there are still a number of issues that are simply minimalized by administration, even outright denied. Ganglike groups exist and little is done to disuade them. Academic programs are not challenging for the students, giving them little incentive to push themselves. And special education students are not provided with adequate resources to assist them later in life. The staff is pleasant at DV, but I feel they have a tendency to tell you what you want to hear instead of giving you the facts straight out.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2004

I graduated from DV in the late 70's & my child two years ago. It's a shame that things have not improved. Good kids, average students and concerned parents have no value to this school. Sports are everything to them. They avoid specific and complete teaching plans for special needs students. There are a few excellent teachers, the rest seem to float after gaining tenure. In retrospect, I wish I had the money to send my kid to private school.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

442 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

448 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

447 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

454 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education


All Students77%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a


All Students86%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a


All Students60%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a


All Students97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)81%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 71%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Black 3% 15%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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252 Route 6 and 209
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: (570) 296-1850


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