We welcome you to Derry Area School District located in eastern Westmoreland County, 35 miles east of Pittsburgh, between U.S. Route 22 and U.S. Route 30, in the heart of the beautiful Laurel Highlands. 

The school district is approximately 109 square miles in area and is composed of three municipalities, Derry Township, Derry Borough and the Borough of New Alexandria. 

Proud of our heritage and rich in tradition, our goal is to provide students with the educational background necessary to reach their greatest potential. Our superior staff, with dedication to work for the total development of the students, is our greatest asset. 

Efforts to achieve our goal have been enriched through the excellent cooperation and support of the community and the parents of our students. 

Your participation in the future of our district is most appreciated!


    A task force has been convened by the Derry Area Board of Education to explore the ramifications of realigning the grade levels serviced by Grandview and Derry Area Middle School. The task force will be comprised of members of the Board of Education, administrators, community members and parents.
    Please click here to read more about how to be a part of this important committee>>>  Grade 5 Realignment

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  • Quick Look Ahead - Dates to Remember    
    (for details regarding events listed below, please select CALENDAR under Site Shortcuts to the LEFT 
    Sept. 17   MS Skating Party
    Sept. 17   Fitness Center Orientation & Safety Instruction for Staff 
    Sept. 18   Friends of CML mtg. 
    Sept. 19  MS Magazine Campaign Limo Ride to School
    Sept. 20  Derry Railroad Days
    Sept. 23  First Day of Autumn
    Sept. 24   Early Childhood "Trojan Ponies" open house 1
    Sept. 24   Year 1 Inductee Workshop:  Parent Involvement 
    Sept. 24   Yr. 2 Professional Dev. Workshop:  ADAPT 
    Sept. 25   MS Mid Term Progress Reports Mailed
    Sept. 25   Early Childhood "Trojan Poinies open house 2 
    Sept. 26   Relay for Life Denim Day for Staff 
    Sept. 30   MS Magazine Campaign Final Day
    Oct.  8  Yr. 1 Inductee Workshop:  Issues in Special & Gifted Ed.
    Oct. 15  Yr. 2 Inductee Workshop:  HEAT & Best Instructional Practices 
    Oct. 29:  Yr. 1 Inductee Workshop:  Standards Aligned Systems 

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    The Family and Consumer Science Department at Derry Area High School is currently accepting applications for “THE TROJAN PONIES” EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM which will begin in September.  There are two open houses scheduled for September 24th, and September 25th each 9:30AM until 12noon; come to one or come to both to learn more about the program.  On October 6th, the program will then run daily (Monday through Thursday) until January 15th.

    Applications are being accepted now for children ages 3-5.  Children must reside in the Derry Area School district. Calendars and applications are available in the high school office.

    For additional information, please contact Ms. Liz Hower at the high school (724-694-2780) OR through her email ebradley@wiu.k12.pa.us

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    Story Time for future DASD Kindgergarten Students
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    The Derry Area Music Department is in need of instruments and you can help!  If you have an old instrument in your attic collecting dust, we would very much appreciate if you considered donating it to our program so we can provide instruments for all students interested in band who can't afford to buy or rent their own.  Any donation will receive documentation from the district for tax purposes.  If you have an instrument that you would be willing to donate, please contact Mr. Matthew Roble, band teacher at maroble@derryasd.k12.pa.us or call 724-694-1431.  Thank you very much.


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  • KtO Literacy Innovation Award
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  • TTT Program - FREE in home literacy program! TEACHING TINY TROJANS
    TTT is a FREE in home literacy program provided by the Derry Area School district that will help prepare your child for Kindergarten.  Give your child the benefit of a strong educational foundation.  For more information about TEACHING TINY TROJANS, please contact Barbie Jones at 724-694-1377.
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    AR BookFinder

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    REUNION INFO. can be found under Foundation channel on our homepage.  Click on Alumni and then select the class you are looking for.  As a courtesy, Reunion Information is posted and/or  updated as often as reunion committees and/or your class officers provide it to DASD.

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  • GOLD PASSESGold Pass  Free Gold Card Pass to Derry Area taxpayers who are 65 years of age or older or who are retired and 62 years of age.  Gold Card holders receive free admission to school-sponsored activities such as home athletic events and plays.  (Please note:  play-off games, tournaments, and musicals are NOT included.)  Gold Card passes are good year after year.

    Gold Card Passes are available from the Superintendent's Office on the second floor of the Administration Building.  Further information can be obtained by calling the school district at 724-694-1400.

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  • K.I.N.D. Resource Directory K.I.N.D. logo april 2012
    Information & referral services for students & families of Derry Area. If you need assistance with such topics as alcohol abuse treatment, bill paying, computer education, energy assistance and many other topics, click the link below to open the directory to find information on who to contact.
    This directory brought to you by K.I.N.D., Kids In Need In Derry, and compiled as a senior project by John Lukon.
    K.I.N.D. Questions? Contact: Mr. David McCleary, Co-Coordinator, 724-694-2780, dmcclear@wiu.k12.pa.us
    KIND Resource Directory (pdf) Adobe Reader

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  • Welcome to Derry Area School District's Teacher Evaluation Portal!

    PA-ETEP is Pennsylvania’s electronic teacher evaluation portal for educators.  PA-ETEP is designed to facilitate the PA Department of Education’s new teacher evaluation process.   This web-based tool guides and supports all steps of the Pennsylvania Teacher Effectiveness model from Pre-Observation to Final Walk-through. 

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  • Staff:    please sign-in on the website in order to view Professional Staff Information.
    Guests: please consider registering on our website.
    Click on the "Register" button at the top right of the page.
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  • How to obtain:
    Click the above link, then select Pennsylvania Dept. of Education (PDE).
    Under Registration, select "Register Online"
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  • ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES (AUP): All students and staff must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file to use the Internet, and for staff to obtain an email account.
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