• Lower Dauphin High School Profile

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    Lower Dauphin High School is a public school serving a rural-suburban community located in Dauphin County approximately nine miles east of Harrisburg. The district offers excellent cultural, educational and recreational opportunities with its geographical proximity to Harrisburg and Hershey and its accessibility to New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. A total population of about 25,000 reside in the townships of Conewago, East Hanover, Londonderry, and South Hanover, and the borough of Hummelstown. This comprises an area of approximately 94 square miles. Eighty-two percent of students in the district receive bus transportation for educational and activity programs.

    Student Enrollment

              Grades 9-12 total – approximately 1,175 students


     The high school faculty is composed of 125 professionals, the majority of whom hold a Master's degree. The teacher student ratio is 1:14.

    Academic Program

    The Lower Dauphin High School curriculum offers five ability levels in the four major disciplines: English, mathematics, science, social studies and four foreign languages. The five levels are designated as Career Prep (CRP), Tech Prep (TP), College Prep (CP), Honors (H) and Advanced Placement (AP). There is also a gifted curriculum which has special criteria for participation. The Lower Dauphin High School schedules a four quarter calendar year.

    Advanced Placement Program

    AP courses are available in Art History, Government & Politics, English, Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, US History, European History, Spanish, Statistics, Environmental Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Physics and World History.

    Foreign Language

     The language department offers sequences in French, German, Latin and Spanish.

    Additional Offerings

    Art, Business, Family and Consumer Science, Music and Technology Education.
    Alternative Programs

    • Internship Program

    • Cooperative Education (work-study program)

    • Independent Study

    • Alternative Education Program (tutoring, counseling)

    • Student Assistance Services (chemical dependency and mental health)

    • Dauphin County Technical School

    • Harrisburg Area Community College - College in the High School/ Dual Enrollment

    * Harrisburg University - Dual Enrollment

    • Health Careers Exploration Program (HCEP with Hershey Medical Center)

    * CAOLA (Cyber School option for LDSD students)

    Extra Curricular Activities
    Clubs and Organizations (special interests)

    • Music (choral and instrumental)

    • National Honor Society and Honors Societies in Art, Spanish, French, German, Latin, Science, English, Math

    • Special interests clubs such as (but not limited to): Gay Straight Alliance, Ping Pong Club, Diversity Club, Quiz Bowl Team, Chess Club, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Thespian Society, Mini-THON, Future Educators, SADD, Etc.

    • School Newspaper and Yearbook

    • Student Council and Class Council

    • Interscholastic Athletics for Females - Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Swimming, Lacrosse

    • Interscholastic Athletics for Males - Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling, Volleyball, Swimming, Lacrosse

    • Intramural and Club Sports Programs - Ice Hockey

    Post Secondary School Attendance
    Approximately 80 percent of Lower Dauphin graduates continue their education beyond high school. Of that percentage, 72 percent attend four year colleges/universities and the remaining 28 percent attend community colleges and trade/technical programs.

    Approximately 70 percent of the senior class takes the Scholastic Aptitude Tests.






    Apprenticeship Programs 





    Technical School/ Community College 





    4 year College/University 





    Military Service 





    Full Time Work or taking a gap year 










    Class Ranking
              Class rank is determined by arranging all students in order of their weighted grade point average. This average is based upon the total percentage points earned in weighted academic classes divided by the credit value of weighted academic courses taken. The weighted average is included on the transcript as a reference point.

    A weighting factor is used in class rank computation. All courses ranked as General/Career Prep shall be accorded the actual grade average. Courses ranked as Tech Prep shall receive 2.5 additional percentage points to the grade average. Courses ranked as college preparatory shall receive an additional 5 percentage points to the grade average. Courses ranked as honors shall receive an additional 10 percentage points to the grade average. Courses ranked as Advanced Placement shall receive an additional 12 percentage points to the grade average. Report card grades reflect actual numerical value earned. Non-weighted classes are not included in the weighted calculations. A non-weighted grade point average is included on our transcript based on the 4.0 scale. 

    Graduation Credit Requirements

    Students are required to earn 23.5 credits to earn a Lower Dauphin diploma.

    The following table summarizes the total mandatory and elective course credit requirements:

    English 4.0 Mathematics  3.0
    Social Studies  4.0 Science  3-4.0
    Physical Education & Health 
    2.0 Electives  6-7.0
    Careers and Personal Finance  .50    

    Total Credits 23.5


    Grading Scale
    A+ 97-100 4.0   C+ 77-79 2.3
    A 93-96 3.9   C 73-76 2.0
    A- 90-92 3.7   C-  70-72 1.7
    B+  87-89  3.3        D+ 67-69 1.3
    B 83-86 3.0   D 63-66 1.0
    B- 80-82 2.7   D- 60-62 0.7
            F 59 and below 0.0

    Honor Roll

    Distinguished - All Grades Above 90%

    Honor Roll Honor Roll - All Grades Above 80%

    Lower Dauphin's mean SAT scores are as follows:






     National Merit Scholars 

    Class of 2015 -- 2 finalists, 7 commended
    Class of 2016 -  2 semi-finalists
    Class of 2017 -  2 semi-finalists, 3 commended
    Class of 2019 -  1 commended  
    Mr. Justin Hanula, Principal
    Mrs. Stephanie Vaughn, Assistant Principal
    Mr. Jared Wastler, Assistant Principal
    Mr. David Bitting, Athletic Director


    Mrs. Lori Beaver
    Mrs. Tanya Dreon
    Mr. Nathan Espenshade
    Mrs. Farren Schmidt

    Student Services

    Career & College Resource Center
    Learning Support
    Program for the Gifted
    School Psychologist
    Student Assistance Program


    The Lower Dauphin School District is an equal opportunity institution of education and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age or handicap in its activities, programs or employment practices.

Last Modified on October 27, 2020