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 ⇐  ⇐  )   
    Aug. 31  FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2015-16 sy
    Sep. 03  Regular Board of Ed. mtg.
    Sep. 04  Principal's mtg.
    Sep. 07  LABOR DAY - All Schools & Offices Closed 
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  • Trojan Ponies

    The Family and Consumer Science Department at Derry Area High School is currently accepting applications for 2015-16 school year for “THE TROJAN PONIES” EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM


    The program runs two semesters; Fall 2015 (October – January) and Spring 2016 (February – May). The cost for each semester is only $60 which is only a total of $120 per year.

    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 email ehower@derryasd.k12.pa.us

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    2015-2016 Preschool & PreKindergarten Enrollment Open Now
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    BTELC Programs & Pricing  
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  • Derry Community Pool
    Summer 2015
    Open:  May 30, 31
                June 6th - August 31st  
    Click here for more information > > > DERRY COMMUNITY POOL 
    or on their Facebook page at "DERRY COMMUNITY POOL"
    or email:  Jessie Patterson
    Pool phone is not active until Season begins. 
     Derry Community Pool
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  • 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.
     Teaching Tiny Trojans
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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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  •  PAL Program
    Click here to find out more:  PALs

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    The Derry Area School District held an In-Service Day today, August 24, 2015.  Dr. John W. Hodge, Master Motivator of Teachers and Students and Former Reading, English and AVID teacher (Advancement via Individuation Determination) spoke to the DASD Personnel.  He is also president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center, an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap.  He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University where he graduated with honors.  His Master of Arts degree is from Chapman University and his Doctor of Education degree is from Virginia Tech where he conducted extensive research on factors that contribute to the academic success and/or failure of impoverished children. 

    What sets Dr. Hodge apart in the field of education is his well-documented ability to put research and theory into everyday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools.  He has helped educators in elementary, middle and high schools make the necessary changes to help all children meet and exceed rigorous academic standards.  His presentations are often “the spark” for schools in their quest to meet and exceed state/federal accreditation standards and implement strategies for continuous improvement.

    Pictured are Dr. Kathy Perry (DAHS Principal), Dr. Hodge, Ms. Cheryl Walters (DASD Superintendent).Dr. John Hodge


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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, dmccleary@derryasd.k12.pa.us
    KIND Resource Directory (pdf) Adobe Reader

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  • Derry Area School District
    Open Records Officer:

    Barbara Visconti,


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  •    Clearance Information for DASD Employees & Volunteers
    Clearance Information

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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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  • 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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