Devereux Day Schools
About Us

Day SchoolsAdmissions Referrals

Contact: Janet Byrnes, M.Ed., Education Director/Admissions Director
655 Sugarown Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: (484) 595-6781
Fax: (610) 269-6961 


Age Range: 5 to 21 Years of Age
IQ Range: Intellectual Disabilities to Very Superior

Locations in Downingtown, Malvern, West Chester and Glenmoore

Admissions Process

We understand and fully support the needs of families and school districts for timely, thoughtful admission decisions. A referral packet is submitted by your school district to the centralized Devereux Day Schools’ Admissions Office. It will be reviewed by the Education Director and the Admissions Office and an evaluation will be scheduled with the appropriate school or schools. Upon completion of the process school districts and parents will be promptly notified of the findings.

Population Served

Students are referred to the Devereux Day Schools when their educational, emotional and developmental needs are beyond the program capabilities within the local education community. Devereux is licensed to serve children with primary or secondary disabilities of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabled, Serious Emotional Disturbance, Multiple Disabilities, Neurological Impairment and Mental Retardation (Intellectual Disabilities). Clinical diagnoses may include but are not limited to mood, adjustment and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS), Tourette’s and mental retardation.

School Programs

The five Devereux Day Schools are APPROVED PRIVATE SCHOOLS licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Academic Schools providing elementary, middle and high school programs. Our primary goal is to create opportunities for each student to reach his or her fullest potential by enhancing their educational, behavioral, emotional, and social development. Instruction is designed to prepare them to return to a less restrictive environment in their home district and community.

The Devereux Day Schools use a structured environment, positive success oriented approach, research-based teaching methods, small class size, low staff-student ratios, and regular home-school communication. Programs for students with an autism spectrum disorder use contemporary strategies and methods consistent with applied behavior analysis. CARES is a day school that provides state-of-the-art educational services specifically to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Program Locations

Devereux provides innovative special education programs for children who live in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties with convenient locations in Downingtown, Malvern, West Chester and Glenmoore.

Curriculum and Program Components

  • Functional and Academic Curricula
  • Adaptive Living Skills
  • Social Skills Instruction
  • Communication Training
  • Instruction in Safety and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Community Based Instruction
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Corrective Reading Instruction
  • Employment Preparation and Training
  • Transition Planning
  • Extended School Year (ESY)
  • Adaptive Physical Education
Specialty Programs and Related Services
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Integrated and Individual Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy
  • Intramural and Organized Team Sports
  • Student Outing & Adventure Club
  • Therapeutic Companionable Zoo
  • Parent/Family Support and Education
  • Service Learning
  • Special Olympics
  • Technology Training
  • Art
Affiliations/Licensures
  • Approved Private School for Special Education Services by the Bureau of Special Education.
  • Licensed by Pennsylvania State Board of Private Academic Schools to provide special education services to both elementary and secondary students.
  • Member, Pennsylvania Council of Children’s Services.
  • Member, Pennsylvania Alliance of Approved Private Schools.
Assessment and Treatment Planning

Each student receives services mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is reviewed annually to ensure that each student continues to gain skills needed for future success. Academic and social/emotional progress is assessed through curriculum based assessments as well as individual and group testing. For students experiencing delays in basic academics, Direct Instruction is used. Transitional programming is available to students ages 14 and over and may include career education, and help with employment, and college preparation.

Therapeutic Modalities

The Devereux Day Schools provide supportive structured environments that focuses on both the educational and psychosocial needs of each student. Classroom based social skills training is provided and is incorporated into the school community. The Devereux Day Schools strive to maintain a positive learning environment for all students and to keep students in the classroom and actively engaged in learning activities. The behavior support systems are positively oriented to promote self-esteem and motivation and to enhance learning.

Professional Staff

The IEP team for each child includes professionals in the areas of special education, reading, psychology, applied behavior analysis, social work, speech and language, occupational therapy and physical therapy as needed. A certified special education teacher implements each student’s IEP with additional staff providing support during classroom instruction.