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).
2020-21 Total Enrollment: 1,051 Students
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 Director, Business and Operations Services, Director of Athletics and Administrative Services, Director of Special Education and Student Services, Elementary School Principal, Middle School Principal and High School Principal.
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.