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Derry Township School District

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Welcome to DTSD

Derry Township School District is an award-winning public school system located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Our community enjoys a legacy that began with founder, Milton S. Hershey. Our District is committed to excellence in education, offering a challenging curriculum that promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

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With Trojan Pride

We serve approximately 3,200 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade residing in Derry Township, Dauphin County. We are proud to offer full day kindergarten.

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Our Academics

Students know that when they are present in our buildings, they will have experiences that prepare them not just for the next assignment or test, but for the road of learning that will lead them to a full and satisfying life and career.

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Extracurriculars and Athletics

Students have multiple opportunities to engage in rigorous learning across subject areas as well as participate in extra-curricular activities. By the time they enter high school, every student has the opportunity to be connected to at least one school activity be it athletics, clubs or music ensembles.

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Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to engage all students every day to help them achieve their greatest potential as global citizens and to cultivate an extraordinary learning environment in which all students and staff feel loved, welcomed and respected as they exceed academic expectations. 

Our District

We pride ourselves on our dedicated teachers, supportive staff, and involved parents and community members who work together to create a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students. Our district is home to five schools: Hershey Early Childhood Center, Hershey Primary Elementary School, Hershey Intermediate Elementary School, Hershey Middle School, and Hershey High School all of which provide students with a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment.

From Our Community

2023 Best Communities for Music Education

We are proud to announce that Derry Township School District has once again been named a Best Communities for Music Education from NAMM foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education!

Anna Gawel Named Pennsylvania’s 2023 Outstanding Assistant Principal

Anna L. Gawel, Assistant Principal of Hershey Elementary School (4th and 5th grades) in the Derry Township School District, has been named Pennsylvania’s 2023 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Principals Association. As a state winner in the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Outstanding Assistant Principal (NOAP) of the Year Program, Mrs. Gawel is eligible for consideration to be named the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

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Dr. Jason Pedersen has been selected as the National Association of School Psychologist’s School Psychologist of the Year!! Dr. Pedersen has been with the district since 2008 and has been as an amazing advocate and support for our students and families at DTSD. He also is an incredible leader for school psychologists across the state and country. 

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Hershey Elementary School is a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School. This is given through the U.S. Department of Education and recognizes our school for their overall academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.  

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