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An Academic Program Geared to your Child's Needs


An individualized program based on the latest research and technology

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Our Thinking

Our Thinking

Orchard Friends School educates children with learning differences through a non-sectarian, research-based, multi-sensory program in a safe and nurturing community.
Our People

Our People

Passionate, certified special education teachers and support staff tailor lessons for the individual student.

Our Programs

We believe that students learn best in a positive environment, one in which each student is valued as an individual.

Our Community

Parents are a key part of our learning process and so we try to engage our whole community inside and outside of the classroom.

OFS Recent News

Community Based Instruction Trip

In anticipation of Mother’s Day, all of the lower school students spent the week writing their mothers a letter. At Orchard, we take every opportunity to make writing functional. We also take every opportunity to tie what the students are learning to community based instruction. The kids worked on brainstorming ideas, sketching out rough drafts and writing clean final copies of their a friendly letters. Once their letters were ready, they addressed their envelopes. The next step was getting the letters in the mail. Before our trip to the post office, each student counted out coins to pay for their stamp. Together, we walked to the post office in Palmyra, bought stamps, and mailed our letters! The post master was ecstatic to meet all of our students. She asked many questions about our school, the kids, and what we do at Orchard Friends. She was so kind that she shared her phone number with us and told us to come back for a tour. We plan on taking her up on her offer within the next few... read more

Idiom of the Week at OFS

Does your child have difficulty understanding figurative language? Children with language based learning differences often do. It is important for every child at OFS to understand idioms and how adults and other kids use them, since they are so common in everyday conversation. Idioms are commonly used phrases that say one thing but mean something completely different. Like “spill the beans”, “piece of cake” or “it’s raining cats and dogs.” Many students at OFS are literal thinkers and find idioms confusing.

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msacessOrchard Friends School is Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools are founding members of the International Alliance of Accrediting Associations which includes the major regional, national and international accrediting agencies.