Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment


  • March 8 School Board Meeting

    In keeping with Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts calling for limits on the number of participants at indoor gatherings, the March 8 meeting of the DTSD Board of School Directors will be conducted both in-person and virtually. Please click the headline for full details.

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  • HHS Course Selection Information

    In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, Derry Township School District students currently in grades 8 through 11 will submit their course requests through the Home Access Center. Teachers will make course recommendations for your child in the system, review these recommendations with students prior to February 25, and lock their recommendations. For more information, please click the headline.

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  • Kindergarten Pre-Registration is NOW OPEN for 2021-2022

    Pre-registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2021 and plan to attend kindergarten this coming fall is NOW OPEN. Click the headline for additional information and to begin the online pre-registration process. Remember: the online pre-registration does not complete the enrollment process; after completing pre-enrollment, parents and guardians should contact the district registrar.

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  • COVID-19 Updates and Information

    The well-being of students and staff is at the forefront of Derry Township School District’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Taking into consideration PA Department of Health and PA Department of Education guidelines, DTSD has developed multiple contingencies that will allow the district to continue providing a robust educational experience throughout the ongoing pandemic. Click the headline for access to data, documents, updates and resources related to COVID-19 and DTSD operations.

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  • Technology Help for Families

    With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing new approaches to education, we’re more reliant on technology tools as part of instruction than ever. The DTSD Technology Department is here to provide support. Click the headline for helpful tips, FAQs, and directions on how to create an IT Ticket to get help from District Technology staff

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  • Parent Support Resources

    In order for students to be successful as global citizens in the 21st Century, it is imperative that barriers to student learning be addressed. The Derry Township School District Student Services Department is comprised of professionals whose expertise lies in removing barriers to mental and physical well-being and academic success. To assist the families we serve, the Student Services team has put together materials which may help address some behavioral challenges exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.

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  •  Hershey Elementary School

    Main Building: 

    450 Homestead Road, Hershey, PA 17033
    Phone: (717) 531-2211   Fax: (717) 531-2351

    Early Childhood Center: 

    450 Rear Homestead Road, Hershey, PA 17033
    Phone: (717) 531-2211   Fax: (717) 531-2351

    Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4 :15 p.m.
    Regular School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.

    Welcome to Hershey Elementary School, home to our students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  The school building was originally constructed in 1954; today the facility offers more than 225,000 square feet dedicated to meeting the modern needs of young learners.

    Included within Hershey Elementary School is the Early Childhood Center (ECC), a special space for our beginning learners in Kindergarten and Grade 1.  With its own entrance, gym and multipurpose spaces, the ECC provides a safe environment that is conducive to the needs of our youngest learners - many of whom are experiencing their first formal schooling. In the main elementary building, you will sometimes hear or see references to the Primary Elementary or the Intermediate Elementary.  The term “primary” refers to students in Grades 2-3 while “intermediate” students are those in Grades 4-5. But we’re all one big happy building, with a single main public entry and amenities such as the cafeteria, library, multi-purpose rooms and a gymnasium.

    At Hershey Elementary School, we know young children learn by doing. Learning in all our grades is sequential and students demonstrate readiness for new understandings based on their maturation and experiences. Children are motivated to learn through their own need to make sense of the world around them.  At Hershey Elementary School, we are part of a community cultivating an extraordinary learning environment!

Kindergarten Enrollment

  • Upcoming dates and information will be updated here throughout the school year regarding incoming Kindergarten students.


    2020-21 School Year:           

     star    2021-22 Kindergarten On-line Enrollment/Registration Now Open

     On-line registration for 2021-22 Kindergarten class began February 3, 2021.

     Click here to go to:  Kindergarten On-Line Registration

    Star graphic  2021-22 Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Information Night

     Watch a video capture of the online parent/guarding information webinar held February 3, 2021


    For additional information please click link below:

    Link to Kindergarten Information