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The Upper Dauphin Area High School has a broad selection of both required and elective courses that it offers to its students each year.  This includes English, mathematics, science, social studies, business, information technology, world languages, building construction trades, diversified occupations, wellness, family and consumer science, industrial arts, art, music and agriculture and natural resources.  The guidance counselors work with students each spring to schedule classes for the next year and ensure that students have the proper credits needed for graduation.  Scheduling occurs over the summer and students usually receive their schedules in late July or early August.  Students wishing to make adjustments to their schedules may schedule an appointment with the guidance counselors beginning in mid-August.  Complete details about the courses offered may be found in the UDAHS Program of Studies (2023-24).


English/Language Arts:

Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School provides children with a balanced literacy approach. Children will have whole group lessons daily based on literacy standards for their grade level. They will also receive small group guided reading instruction daily on their instructional reading level. In addition to whole group and guided reading instruction, children will also be broken into groups based on a variety of data points for MTSS which will provide them with remediation or enrichment based on skill deficits or strengths.


Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School provides math instruction based on the PA Common Core Math Standards. We use “My Math” as our instructional tool to deliver this instruction. Students take part in whole group instruction (I Do), guided practice (We Do) and independent practice (You Do) daily. Students that are above grade level in math and have already proven mastery of skills will be given opportunities for enrichment through a variety of methods. Students that are struggling with skills are provided small group and/or individual support during the independent practice portion of the lesson.


Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School utilizes a hands on approach to Science instruction. We utilize the FOSS Science curriculum and base our pacing and instruction on the Science Standards.

Social Studies:

Social Studies instruction is provided using a variety of resources based on district scope and sequence and team planning.

Enrichment/Special Area:

Students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade receive the following enrichment classes once per cycle:
• Music
• Art
• Physical Eduction & Health
• Library
• STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics)/Technology/Computer Class
• Guidance

Additional Music Opportunities:

• Recorder – 3rd grade
• Band (lessons and whole band practice) – 4th grade
• Chorus – 3rd and 4th grade

Please contact the Principal of your child’s school about online learning options.