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  
    Nov. 25  Yr. 2 Prof. Development Workshop:  Literacy Initiatives 
    Nov. 26  Early Dismissal for Students:  1:00 pm SEC. 1:40 pm ELEM.
    Nov. 27  THANKSGIVING DAY - All Schools & Offices Closed
    Nov. 28  Thanksgiving Break - All Schools & Offices Closed
    Dec. 01  Thanksgiving Break - All Schools & Offices Closed 
    Dec. 04  Story Time for Future DASD Kindergarten Students
    Dec. 05  1st Grade Chorus Concert 
    Dec. 05  Farkleberry Fair
    Dec. 09  7th & 8th gr. Choral Christmas Concert 
    Dec. 09  HS Progress Reports Mailed 
    Dec. 09  Story Time for Three & Four Year Olds 
    Dec. 10  One Room School Multi Level Class 
    Dec. 11  6th gr. Band & Choral Christmas Concert 
    Dec. 12  Kindergarten Chorus Concert 
    Dec. 13  Lunch with Santa sponsored by DAHS Choir 
    Dec. 14  HS Choir Christmas Concert 
    Dec. 16  HS Band Christmas Concert 
    Dec. 17  5th gr. Chorus Christmas Concert 
    Dec. 18  7th & 8th gr. Band Christmas Concert 

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    Story Time for future Kindergarten Students  

    First Story time of 2014
    First Story Time of 2014-2015
    The first Story Time of the 2014-15 school year was held Tuesday, October 28 at Grandview EL School in the Derry Area School District.  30 pre-kindergarten children, along with special adults, participated in the event.  The purpose of Story Time is to introduce the children to Grandview and provide them an opportunity to become familiar with the staff.  The children will enter Derry Area Kindergarten in August, 2015.  Kindergarten teacher, Maggi Wnek, read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe, illustrated by Felicia Numeroff Bond, to the children.  They also participated in hands on activities.  After their snack they were given a bag of take home materials including Pathways to Kindergarten – Steps to School Success, Activity Stepping Stones and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to add to their personal libraries.  The next Story Time for 4 year olds will be held Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 2:00 – 2:45.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Ciocco at 724-694-2400 by Monday, December 1, 2014.

    Story Time is sponsored by Derry Area School District Transition Team and Tile I Schoolwide Program.

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    Story Time for 3 & 4 year Olds
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    WCMEA County Chorus

    Seven Derry Area High School Vocal Music Students will participate in  Westmoreland County Music Educator’s Association County Chorus on Thursday and Friday, November 20 and 21, 2014.  A public concert will be held Friday at 7:00 PM in the Greensburg Salem High School Auditorium.  The event is hosted by Greensburg Salem High School, Kim Palmiscno, Choral Director, and Dr. Mark Boyle of Seton Hill University is the Guest Conductor.  Melody Vigo, DAHS Choral Director, will attend County Chorus with her students.

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    SAVE THE DATEexclamation point face   SAVE THE DATE – The Derry Area School District Annual Musical will be held Friday, March 6 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 PM.  Students from Grandview Elementary School, Derry Area Middle School and Derry Area High School will perform in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  Tickets, priced at $8.00, will go on sale in February.  

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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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  • Derry Area School District Foundation '100 Club' 
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    Questions? Contact us at 724-694-1400 or email:  bkbitz@derryasd.k12.pa.us

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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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  • One Room School November ONE ROOM SCHOOL - NOVEMBER
    The November Atlantic #40 One Room School Experience was held November 12, 2014.  Twenty-four students from grades 2, 4, 6 and 7 participated.  David McCleary and Michelle Dorazio, Derry Area High School Teachers, team taught the students.  They were assisted by two Future Educators of America members.  The students experienced a One Room School Scavenger Hunt, planted seeds, made hand print turkeys with glued on feathers, read a First Thanksgiving book and discussed Pilgrims and Indians.

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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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