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!


  • Quick Look Ahead - Dates to Remember    
    (for details regarding events listed below, please select CALENDAR under Site Shortcuts to the LEFT  
    Oct. 24  American Cancer Society Relay for Life Staff Denim Day 
    Oct. 27-31 Red Ribbon Week 
    Oct. 28  End of 1st 9 Weeks 
    Oct. 29  Yr. 1 Inductee Workshop:  Standards Aligned Systems
    Oct. 30  Agenda Prep/Special Board Meeting 
    Oct. 31  Staff Denim Day Fundraiser:  BTELC 
    Nov. 02  Daylight Savings Time Ends/Turn clocks back 
    Nov. 03  MTSS/Special Ed. Task Force
    Nov. 03  Technology Task Force 
    Nov. 06  Red White & Blue Day for DA Veteran's Memorial Project 
    Nov. 06  Regular Board of Ed. mtg. 
    Nov. 14  United Way Denim Day  

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    Story Time for future DASD Kindgergarten Students
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  •             Old Glory
    Veteran's Memorial

    Derry Area School District is honoring our Veterans in a special way!  The Transition Technology class in the high school, in conjunction with Grandview Elementary and the Derry Area Foundation is building a Veterans Memorial between our wonderful Amphitheater and our historic One Room School House!  The memorial will feature an octagon shaped cement slap surrounding a 35 foot flagpole.  Each side of the octagon will be able to host a military flag donated by our local vets or benches to sit on and reflect or to enjoy our scenic campus.  We are constructing this tribute through donations and fundraising.  If you would like to assist us in honoring our veterans with a donation, checks can be made to Derry Area Foundation and memoed "Veterans Memorial".  All funds raised will go to the construction and beautification of this patriotic site.  If you have any questions, please call David McCleary at 724-694-2780.

    Our veterans have sacrificed so that we and our students can have a future.

    Please help us and our students create a reminder of their sacrifice for the future.

     ATTENTION: Students, parents, staff and community members.  celebrate my drive

    The Derry Area High School, in partnership with Celebrate My Drive powered by State Farm, are trying to raise awareness about safe driving.  

    Visit http://www.celebratemydrive.com every day from October 15th to October 24th.

    Type in Derry Area High School to commit to being a safe driver.  

    The more commitments made in our schools' name, the higher our chances are of winning several grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000

    If we win, the funds may be used for but not limited to the Driver's Education course, technology, school-wide safety programs, etc. 

    Transition Tech's New Sidewalk The Transition Technology Class at Derry Area High School recently complete a sidewalk between the High School and the Barbara Thompson Early Literacy Center.  The sidewalk will make it easier and safer for students and teachers who cross between the two schools for classes.  Bus pick up will also be easier and safer.  The Transition Technology class is under the direction of Mr. John Baum and provides students with hands on vocational training within the high school setting.  Pictured on the new sidewalk are (front) Barb Thompson Early Literacy Center students and Transition Technology 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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    Kindergarten Literacy Night1  Kindergarten Literacy Night2 Grandview Elementary School in the Derry Area School District held KINDERGARTEN LITERACY NIGHT on Thursday, October 16.  Kindergarten families were invited to join the Kindergarten Staff, Administrators and Others to learn about the exciting new reading initiative.  Grandview Elementary purchased an interactive program that provides students with engaging, purposeful, hands-on literacy experiences in reading and science.   On Kindergarten Literacy Night the 106 families in attendance were treated to FREE Pizza Dinner, Free Superhero Mask, Free Superhero Book and Free Superhero Tattoos.  In addition Super Girl, Batman, Robin and Spiderman attended to meet their special kindergarten friends.  Pictured on the left are: (front) Kindergarten Students (back) Mrs. Jennifer Faas, Grandview Elementary Literacy Coach and Coordinator of Literacy Night, Spiderman (Mr. Blaise Mucci), Super Girl (Mrs. Rachel Bodayla).  On the right, Robin (Mr. Nick Chimino, Batman (Mr. Neal McClarren), Spiderman, Supergirl.

    State Police Appreciation Day A proposal by a Grandview Elementary Fifth Grade Student turned into a school wide event.  Because of his concern for the fallen trooper, Cpl. Dickson, the student proposed a hat day at Grandview.  Students would donate money for Cpl. Dickson’s family and in turn be permitted to wear hats to school.  The project was approved by Superintendent, Dr. David Welling.  To become further involved, students throughout the building made cards of appreciation and presented them to Trooper Brian Thomas to distribute to all the barracks in the area.  Cards were also sent to Cpl. Dickson’s troop and get well cards were sent to Trooper Douglass.  On Monday, troopers went to the school to thank the students for their thoughtfulness.  Pictured with some Grandview students are Tpr. Clinton McChesney, (back) Sgt. Charles Gonglik, Trp. Evan Terek, Tpr. Tim Culler, Tpr. Scott Saxton, Cpl. Michael Miller, Tpr. Luke Haywiser, Tpr. Brian Thomas. 

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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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    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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