School Details

Derry Area Senior High School

988 North Chestnut St Ext, Derry, PA 15627
(724) 694-2780

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 739 students 30 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Derry Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Derry Area Senior High School is a public high school in Derry Township. The principal of Derry Area Senior High School is Ms Kathy Perry. 739 students go to Derry Area Senior High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 33% of the 739 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Derry Area Senior High School is 30:1. Eastern Westmoreland CTC is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 97% 96%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Multiracial 0.9% 2%
Hispanic 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%
Asian 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school was horrible when my daughter went there about twelve years ago. We had to move to get her out of this school. She was new to the school and she was bullied from day one. I know this can happen at any school so this wasn't the BAD part although it was still bad. My daughter dyed her hair one night and the next day a BOY shoved her into a locker and said "why did you dye your hair freak?" STILL not the bad part. I called the assistant principal the next day to tell him what was going on and he said "We'll why did she dye her hair?" REALLY???? Needless to say we had a battle at this point. We moved shortly thereafter. Would NEVER recommend this school to anyone.

  • (10 years ago)

    I recommend this school to anyone. My daughter loves it there. If I wasn't from Virginia Beach I would've wanted to go there. There are many opportunities to get involved in sports religous activities after school and just to have fun. My husband went to Derry and now is very intelligent. The teachers keep in touch with me on the regular basis. I really like this school for my daughter.

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