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!


  • Friday, March 6 2015:  Derry Area School District is operating on a 2-HOUR SCHOOL DELAY.

    2 hr school delay

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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 ⇐  ⇐    
    Mar. 05  Regular Board of Ed. Meeting 
    Mar. 6-7-8  High School Musical, Beauty & The Beast 
    Mar. 06  Principal's Meeting 
    Mar. 08  Daylight Savings Time Begins 
    Mar. 12  FFA 6th Annual Benefit Auction 
    Mar. 27  End of 3rd Nine Weeks
    Mar. 30 DAHS Report Cards Distributed
    Apr. 01   Early Dismissal for Students
    Apr. 02  Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL for students
    Apr. 03  Spring Recess/Good Friday - NO SCHOOL for students
    Apr. 06  Snow Make-up Day from January 6th  
    Apr. 07  Snow Make-up Day from January 9th
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  •  Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour this weekend!
    Daylight Savings Time  
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  • Beauty & the Beast
    SAVE THE DATE...Derry Area's Annual Musical: 
    • 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:   go on sale to the public on Monday, February 2, 2015. Cost:  $8.00 ea.  All Reserved Seating.    The Box Office is located off the back parking lot to the Middle School and will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and   Fridays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.   It will not be open Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  The telephone number for the Box Office is 724-309-5178.
    Beauty & the Beast Supporting Cast
    Beauty and The Beast is under the direction of Miss Theresa Yerger with Mrs. Karen Kerin, Pit Conductor; Mrs. Susan McLeod, Vocal Instructor; Mrs. Rachel Bodayla, Choreographer; Mrs. Caryn Dettling, Costumer; Mrs. Karen Kerin and Mr. Matt Roble, Set Construction; Mr. Brian Sabo, Set Painting.

     WCMEA Junior High County Band 
    WCMEA Junior High County Band
    Six Derry Area Middle School Students will be attending West-more- land County Junior High County Chorus on Friday, March 6, at Valley High School.  Mr. Chris Bartley is the Guest Conductor and the hosts are Sara McMeans and Melissa Mazur.  

    Derry Area Middle School Choral Instructor, Mr. Jim Julian, will attend the event with his students.

    PMEA JH District Band Two Derry Area Middle School students will represent Derry Area Middle School in the PMEA Junior High District Band at Yough High School on March 6 and 7.  Their instructor, Mr. Matt Roble, will attend the event with them.

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  •  Print this flyer > >  CLICK HERE
    2nd Annual DAHS Future Fair  

    swing pic Would like to reserve your own Hanging Swing?
    The Transition Technology class is producing 30 swings. These swings will be completed and ready to be picked up at the Derry Area Future Fair on April 22, 2015.
    If you would like to reserve a swing, complete the SWING ORDER FORM and turn it into the High School Office along with a minimum cash deposit of $20.00. Hurry, only 30 swings are being produced.  Swing Costs: $95.00 cash (sorry checks will not be accepted)

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    2015-2016 Preschool & PreKindergarten Enrollment Open Now
    Print this flier >>BTELC Programs & Prices 
    BTELC Programs & Pricing  

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  • Attention Secondary Students & Parents:
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    Policy 237 governing the usage of Electronic Devices by students in the school is now in full effect.  All students in grades 6-12 should take the time to review DASD Board policy #237 found here: PUPILS - ELECTRONIC DEVICES
    In addition, students in grades 6-12 and their parents/guardians should read the BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE Agreement, read, sign and return one copy to your child's school office.
    Any questions or concerns regarding the policy should first be directed to your Principal. 

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  • Derry Area School District Foundation '100 Club' 
    100 Club
    Have you joined us yet?
    Click here to join:> > > > 100 CLUB
    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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    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 download the > > PAL Registration Form

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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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    IDLEWILD School Picnic
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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, bviscont@derryasd.k12.pa.us

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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"
    Cogent - PDE
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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.
    All documents will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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