Lower Dauphin High School ProfileCommunity
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.
Grades 9-12 total – approximately 1,160 students
The high school faculty is composed of 101 professionals, the majority of whom hold a Master's degree. The teacher student ratio is 1:14.
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.
The language department offers sequences in French, German, Latin and Spanish.
Additional OfferingsArt, Business, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education and Music.Alternative Programs
• Business 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
• PA Youth Apprenticeship/Health Careers Program* Falcon Academy (an evening high school diploma program)* 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 Magazine, 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 HockeyPost Secondary School AttendanceApproximately 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.Class RankingClass 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
For the class of 2020, 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 3.0- 4.5 Physical Education & Health 2.0 Electives 6.0- 7.0 Careers and Personal Finance .50
Total Credits 23.5Grading 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
Distinguished - All Grades Above 90%
Honor Roll Honor Roll - All Grades Above 80%
Lower Dauphin SAT Scores
Roughly 70 percent of the senior class takes the SAT exam. The following tables show the average scores for all Lower Dauphin students taking the SAT during a particular school year. These scores are then compared against the state and national averages.
Lower Dauphin's SAT Critical Reading scores are as follows:SAT Critical Reading Scores
Lower Dauphin's SAT Math scores are as follows:SAT Math Scores
2015 540 504 511
National Merit ScholarsClass of 2001 – National Merit Award Winner, 3 finalistsClass of 2002 – 4 commendedClass of 2003 – 1 finalist, 4 commendedClass of 2004 – 1 finalist, 1 commendedClass of 2005 – 2 finalists, 1 commendedClass of 2006 – 2 finalists, 6 commendedClass of 2007 – 6 commendedClass of 2008 – 1 finalistClass of 2009 - 6 commendedClass of 2010 -- 3 commendedClass of 2011 -- 3 commendedClass of 2012 -- 2 finalists, 2 commendedClass of 2013 -- 1 finalist, 1 commendedClass of 2014 -- 2 commendedClass of 2015 -- 2 finalists, 7 commendedAdministrationMr. Justin Hanula, PrincipalDr. David Wuestner, Assistant PrincipalMs. Jill Freedman, Assistant PrincipalMr. David Bitting, Athletic Director
CounselorsMrs. Lori BeaverMr. Nathan EspenshadeMrs. Tanya Dreon
Mrs. Farren Schmidt
Student ServicesCareer & College Resource CenterLearning SupportProgram for the GiftedSchool PsychologistStudent 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.