Downingtown Area School District

Q:   What are some of the distinctive programs and services the District offers? 
A:  The DASD experience is defined by the extensive opportunities we provide our students and the extraordinary level of service we share with our families and community. The District’s budget is able to support one of the strongest academic programs in the region and state.  Among the distinctive programs and services that DASD offers are:


·      International Baccalaureate Program

·      Advanced Placement Program

·      Career Pathways Program at STEM Academy

·      Elementary world language program (Rosetta Stone)

·      One-to-one computing at 6th grade center, middle schools, STEM Academy and soon to be implemented in DHS East and DHS West high schools.

·      Post-secondary partnerships

·      Enhanced summer enrichment programs in partnership with the Downingtown Community Education Foundation

·      Camp Success, elementary summer enrichment program for grades k-2 

·      Extensive elementary music and arts instruction and performance programs

·      Extensive field trips to support curriculum at all levels


·      After-school programs at all levels

·      Extensive array of clubs and athletics

·      Drama program at all levels

·      Community service programs

·      Travel experiences

·      Speaker programs

·      Internship program

·      Television studios in all buildings

Special Education
We are committed to providing high-quality special education services and proud of our reputation for doing so. Families move into the District specifically to receive these services. The learning environment is considered to be highly inclusive for students with special needs.

Level of Service

·      Enhanced academic support services at all buildings (literacy and math specialists)

·      Enhanced holistic support services at all buildings (counselors, psychologists, etc.)

·      Extensive health service programs (wellness council)

·      Healthy youth development program in partnership with “Communities That Cares”

Events of Significance

·      Newsweek Magazine’s Top High Schools in the US

·      US News and World Reports Best High Schools Rankings

·      The Washington Post America’s Most Challenging Schools 

·      Philadelphia Magazine Top High Schools in Pennsylvania

·      Main Line Today Top High Schools in Pennsylvania

·      Pittsburgh Business Trimes Top High Schools in Pennsylvania

·      International Baccalaureate World School

·      Apple School of Distinction

·      District Administrators Magazine District of Distinction

· rating of 10 out of 10

· Best School Districts in PA