5668 State Route 209
Lykens, PA 17048

Telephone: (717) 362-8134
Fax: (717) 362-3050

Acting Superintendent: Jared Shade

The Upper Dauphin Area School District is comprised of Berrysburg Borough, Elizabethville Borough, Gratz Borough, Jefferson Township, Lykens Borough, Lykens Township, Mifflin Township, Pillow Borough, and Washington Township. It is situated in the northeastern section of Dauphin County. It is located thirty miles north of Harrisburg in the center of outdoor enjoyment such as hunting, fishing, skiing, ice skating, swimming, camping, boating, and many others. The School District is easily accessible to major highways: 20 minutes from Interstate Route 81; 30 minutes from Route 322; 40 minutes from Route 22; 50 minutes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and is less than 45 minutes from downtown Harrisburg.

The School District presently operates an Elementary School (K-4), a  Middle School (5-8), and a High School (9-12).

2016-17 Statistics:

Total Enrollment:  1,175
Elementary School Enrollment:  423
Middle School Enrollment:  364
High School Enrollment:  388

The Upper Dauphin Area School District is governed by a nine member Board of School Directors, elected for four-year terms. The Superintendent is the chief administrative officer of the School District, with overall responsibility for all aspects of operations, including education and finance. The Superintendent leads an Administration Team that includes the Business Manager, Elementary School Principal, Middle School Principal, High School Principal, Supervisor of Special Education and Student Services and the Athletic Director/Data Manager.

District Mission Statement: Our mission is to empower our students to be lifelong learners in order to reach their greatest potential.

Elementary School Mission Statement:  Through a combined effort of faculty, staff, parents, and community, the mission of the Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School is to provide a safe, supportive and respectful environment in which all students are challenged to reach their fullest potential.

Middle School Mission Statement: To provide a safe learning environment for students, to encourage them to settle for nothing less than their best, and to build character that will lay the foundation upon which they will build their futures.

High School Mission Statement: To empower students to use critical and creative thinking in order to pursue excellence and a love of learning and to become productive citizens.

In keeping with our mission, a learning partnership comprised of staff, families, and the community at large will promote a collaborative spirit in a safe and secure environment to support the education of the whole child. In order to achieve these goals, we will make a commitment to:

  • Provide a challenging curriculum with effective teaching;
  • Promote a culture of respect which values diversity;
  • Empower our students to develop personal integrity and accountability.

District Goals 2017-2018

Goal #1:  Improve communications through enhanced social media including the use of SAPPHIRE to increase the collaboration between the schools, families, and the community.

Assessment of this goal:

  1. Increase Facebook likes and web site hits
  2. Disseminating parent newsletters
  3. Reflection and monitoring
  4. Surveys communicated through social media
  5. SAPPHIRE communication logs
  6. SAPPHIRE Notification System logs

Goal #2:  Use Student assessment data to support instructional decision-making and facilitate differentiated instruction at all grade levels to maximize student achievement and active engagement, including advancing the Trojan Enhanced Learning Initiative to create personalized transformational learning experiences.

Assessment of this goal:

  1. Using assessment data
  2. Work of data teams
  3. Shifting of MTSS groups
  4. Use of intervention in the high school
  5. Results of one-to-one implementation
  6. Guidance monitoring
  7. Reflection and monitoring


Goal #3: Through the 1:1 iPad initiative at the high school, develop the Trojan Enhanced Learning Initiative to improve learning.

Assessment of this goal:

  1. Implement instructional strategies through in-house facilitators
  2. Recruit and develop the talents of student technicians
  3. Endeavor to use technology to create transformational learning experiences
  4. Develop a management strategy for electronic instructional materials
  5. Monitoring


Goal #4:  Encourage empathy among all members of the school community through such initiatives as character education, in-service training, and community outreach.

Assessment of this goal:

  1. Refinement of district-wide character education program
  2. Discipline data
  3. Standardized test scores
  4. End of the year survey
  5. Monitoring