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 Primary Elementary School
450 Homestead Road, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-2277   Fax: (717) 508-2266
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4 :15 p.m.
Regular School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
The Primary Elementary School serves children in second and third grades.  The school building was originally constructed in 1954 and renovated in 1991. Today the facility offers more than 154,000 square feet dedicated to meeting the needs of young learners. 
Young children learn by doing. Learning is sequential and children must demonstrate readiness for new understandings based on their maturation and past experiences. Children acquire information and knowledge through interaction with people and objects. They are motivated to learn through their own need to make sense of the world around them.  
The building has a card access system and offers telephone, television and intranet access in each classroom.  Other amenities include a multi-purpose room, two cafeterias/multi-purpose room, and a gymnasium with auxiliary gym space. 


  • Kindergarten Registration Opens Next Month

    Kindergarten Registration Opens Feb. 1

    Registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2017 and plan to attend kindergarten in DTSD this coming fall will be opening February 1. Kindergarten registration is a two-part process: completion of an online information-gathering pre-registration form by a parent or guardian and later a visit to the Early Childhood Center for parent/guardian and child. Continue checking this site for exact dates and details.

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  • New Contract Agreement

    Board Approves 4-Year Agreement With Education Association

    The Derry Township Board of School Directors approved a four-year agreement with the Hershey Education Association (HEA) at its meeting Monday, December 19. The pact will go into effect at the conclusion of the current three-year contract, which ends June 30, 2017. The new agreement will cover the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021.

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  •  Joe McFarland

    McFarland Retained as Superintendent for an Additional 4 Years

    At its December 19 business meeting, the Derry Township Board of School Directors took action to retain Superintendent Joe McFarland through the 2020-2021 school year. McFarland was first named Superintendent in February, 2014. The new contract approved by the board will commence July 1, 2017 and extend his term as DTSD’s top administrator four more years.

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