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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
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  7. Administration
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Derry Township School District is a top rated, public school district located in Hershey, PA. It has 3,378 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
About Derry Township School District...
Address
30 East Granada Ave
Hershey, PA 17033
Telephone
(717) 534-2501

Derry Township School District Rankings

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Middle Schools in Derry Township School District

High Schools in Derry Township School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1260
319 responses
Average ACT
29
85 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,378
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,658
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.7%

Finances

Total Expenses
$54,863,000
Expenses Per Student
$17,106/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    4%

Derry Township School District Reviews

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As a consolidated elementary school, each primary grade has 200+ children. MANY behavioral issues in the classrooms. Lunchroom, recess, and classroom aides are verbally abusive to the young children. Teachers are disgruntled due to major restructuring. General Ed teachers are not receiving adequate training for student mental health issues that are being integrated into the classroom. If you are considering moving into the district, do not rely on the propaganda on the district website. The district over invests in the high school to get high rankings, but that does not filter down to the elementary and middle schools. Counselors are understaffed based on recommended counselor to student ratios, and quite frankly inadequate. Bullying and violence is prevalent but hidden by administration. VERY poor experience. Do not expect your experience at the Early Childhood Center (K & 1) to be the same as primary. Quality goes downhill upon second grade.
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Derry Township School District is a lovely, consolidated campus with K-12 in four buildings that share a common green-space and athletic/recreational facilities. At the High School level, there is a strong focus on STEM with several AP Science and advanced Mathematics opportunities. Access to technology is excellent as each student is issued an iPad. For those focusing on the arts, the district offers a strong Fine Arts and Choral program. The Instrumental Music program focuses on Orchestra and Concert Band as well as non-competitive Marching Band. Jazz and other small ensemble opportunities are minimal and extracurricular.
Terrific faculty and superb grounds and amenities. It is a Blue Ribbon school without any doubt in my mind. I also appreciate the diversity of students who attend, which really isn’t up to the school, but is important to me.