Derry Township School District Reviews
The school overall is good. I have an IEP and the teachers are pretty good about accommodating my needs. There are great teachers as well as average teachers here. There are plenty of clubs to join and a lot of support from friends and peers.
It is a good school with a good choice of courses. Sometimes people are in classes they shouldn’t be.
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.
My experience at Hershey High school can be described as a smooth ride. It is clear that academics and involvement in the community are vital to their morals as a school, as they promote students to be a part of their local events. Much like any other high school, Hershey requires extensive focus on the academics. The classes are challenging but at times the teachers are not so engaging.
Most teachers are very helpful and care for students education and well being. The school lacks diversity, and only a small group of people are involved in all school clubs/student government. Students are driven, and come out ready for college.
I am a current Junior at Hershey High School. My overall experience has been positive for that of a public high school, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that Derry Township is an affluent area.