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Summer School - Credit Recovery
Our summer school program is designed for students who did not pass or receive credit for a core subject and/or HS elective class(es) during the 2021-2022 school year. Students will have the opportunity to acquire the subject knowledge and skills by attending and participating in the program and to get back on track with their academic progress.
First session is June 13, 2022 - July 12, 2022. No class on June 15 or July 4.
Second session is July 13, 2022 - August 9, 2022.
Students will be attending the sessions in-person from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Transportation will be provided by the district. In-person attendance is mandatory. Online, remote learning, will not be available.
2022-2023 Student Schedule Distribution
2022-2023 students' schedules will be distributed by USPS mail sometime this summer. If you have questions, please contact the High School Counseling Office at 724-694-2780, ext 3104.


Outdoor Odyssey
The Outdoor Odyssey Leadership Academy & Mentoring Program is looking for mentors!

What are the benefits:
  • Unlock your leadership potential.
  • Impact a young person's life.
  • Diversify your resume.
  • Earn the President's Volunteer Service Award with 100+ hours of community service.
  • Make unforgettable memories!
The video presentation, below, will explain to you how to get involved and become a mentor with Outdoor Odyssey this summer. Application, below, will have all the information you need to apply.


Camp Cadet (Westmoreland County)
Sunday July 24-July 29: Pennsylvania State Police, are striving to help our youth develop a better understanding of the criminal justice system and the role of law enforcement professionals. Through the Camp Cadet program, students (ages 12 to 15) from Westmoreland County form a positive relationship with members of the Pennsylvania State Police. During the weeklong camp, emphasis is placed on pride, integrity, respect, self-discipline, self-esteem, responsibility, teamwork and community involvement. Students (“cadets”) arrive on Sunday afternoon and reside with the counselors until their graduation ceremony on Friday evening. Application deadline: May 13, 2022.
Leadership Westmoreland Youth Academy
Designed to introduce students to leadership concepts and provide interaction with local business, government and community leaders. Participants will be rising juniors and seniors with a GPA of at least 2.5. The experience will be a five-day program, June 20-24 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Much of the week will be spent observing leadership in action at various county locations. Visit,, for more information.
Pittsburgh "In-Person" National College Fair
The Pittsburgh "In-Person" National College Fair will be March 17 (9 am - 1 pm & 6:30 pm - 9 pm) & March 18 (9 am - 1 pm) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Juniors have two college visitation days to use during the school year; this would count as a visitation day and students would see many college representatives. Transportation to the fair would be the responsibility of the student and his/her family. If you are interested in attending the college fair, visit the Counseling Office.
Air Force Association Cyber Camp
The University of Pittsburgh is being proactive in their education and preparation of young people to fill cyber security roles in the future. They offer various programming for students and are highlighting a camp this summer for high school aged students. The camp will be held July 18-22. Here is the link for more information. Air Force Association Cyber Camp.
Cybersecurity Summer Camp
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is offering a GenCyber Summer Camp experience, supported by the NSA and NSF. The camp is 100% free to students, will be held virtually this year, and all students receive a free Raspberry Pi to use during the camp and keep for their use after. An excellent opportunity for Middle to High School students interested in learning more about Cybersecurity. Here is a link to more information: IUP GenCyber Summer 2022 Program. Application deadline is February 15, 2022.
Scheduling Season has Started
The high school counselors have started meeting with students as they get ready for the 2022-2023 school year. Each grade level will be given scheduling tools in their Google Classrooms. Also visit the Scheduling tab on our website, Scheduling.
EWCTC Tours for 9th Grade Students
The high school counselors will be taking the entire 9th grade class on a tour of the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) on Friday, January 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Once at the EWCTC, students will visit the center’s 16 programs. Then students will choose a program and spend additional time learning more about that program and performing hands-on activities. Students will be returning to the high school shortly after 11:00 a.m. Students are asked to wear appropriate clothing on the day of the tour (i.e. no open-toe shoes, no dresses or skirts). Please feel free to contact the Counseling Office at (724) 694-2780, with any questions.
ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP)
Derry Area High School will be administering the ASVAB test, which is part of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) to juniors on Thursday, January 6 and sophomores on Monday, January 10 (rescheduled from Friday, January 7). On both days, testing will be from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. The ASVAB test is a helpful instrument that will assist your student with his/her future educational and career plans. Participation in the ASVAB CEP gives your student the opportunity to meet the objectives adopted in the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Career Education and Work Standards. After completing the ASVAB, your student will utilize the test and all of its components as Career Readiness Indicators for the Future Ready PA Index and ESSA Accountability, mandated by PDE.
11/22/2021; Updated 01/06/2022
Attention Seniors, it’s Financial Aid Time!!!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the most important application you must complete in order to qualify for almost all types of financial aid including federal, state, local, and private grants and scholarships. Students may begin to complete the FAFSA, October 1, for the 2022-23 school year. Visit the Financial Aid section of our website for more information.
HealthQuest @ Mount Aloysius College
This free event, October 28, is open to 10th-12th grade students. Guests in attendance will get to hear from all health areas on campus and learn more about each career option in the health field. A full campus tour and lunch will be provided as well. Call 1-888-823-2220 for more information.
Teach the Future @ St. Vincent College
This free event, November 4, is open to local high school students who have dreams of one day becoming a teacher and their teacher chaperones. The day will consist of an opening keynote by the 2020-21 PA Teacher of the Year and will include three concurrent breakout sessions on topics about creative teaching and learning that will inspire our future teachers to enter the "profession that creates all other professions." Space is limited. Click on the link below to learn more about this free event (and register). Registration will close October 22nd!
College, Technical School & Career Night @ WCCC
On Wednesday, September 29 there will be a College, Technical School & Career Night at Westmoreland County Community College from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. There will be a financial aid session at 5:30 PM. Over 100 representatives will be there to highlight college, career and military opportunities.


Financial Aid Night
FREE Virtual Financial Aid Night on September 29 at 6:00 pm that is open to anyone. Learn how to apply for financial aid and pay for higher education. The event is being offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).
Event Password: PHEAA


PSAT Registration


This year’s Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), which provides a trial run for students prior to taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) - it is a mini-version of the SAT, will be administered on Wednesday, October 13 at the high school. The test will start at approximately 8:00 AM. Students will be excused from their morning classes but will be responsible for all missed assignments. Students will be released from testing around 12:00 and will report to their next period.


We have 120 seats. Students can register for the exam by utilizing the links below (DAHS student access only). The registration deadline is Friday, September 24 (Deadline extended to Wednesday, September 29).


This is a great opportunity for current juniors and sophomores thinking about attending a 4-year college and/or the community college. The test is free. Signup today!


PSAT Overview

PSAT Registration Form  (DAHS student access only)

09/09/2021; 09/27/2021