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Central Dauphin School District

Central Dauphin School District encompasses over 111 square miles and 95,000 residents in an area of Dauphin County just northeast of Harrisburg, PA. The district serves the communities of Dauphin, Paxtang, Penbrook, Lower Paxton Township, Middle Paxton Township, Swatara Township, and West Hanover Township, educating over 12,900 students in its 19 schools. Discover everything that this high-performing district has to offer—from its top-notch educational programs to its unique extracurricular activities to its outstanding athletics.

District Accolades

  • #13 Most Diverse School Districts in PA
  • #18 Best School District for Athletics in PA
  • Employs over 1200 teachers and staff
  • Has an annual budget of over $175 million

District Overview

  • 19 total schools
  • 13 elementary
  • 4 middle
  • 2 high

Central Dauphin School District College Preparedness & Specialized Programs

Students of Central Dauphin School District have the opportunity to take advantage of numerized special educational programs ranging from technical and alternative education to advanced placement, gifted, and college prep courses.

The Dauphin County Technical School offers career-specific education and on-site training in fields such as Automotive Tech, Building Construction, Carpentry, Commercial Art, Cosmetology, Dental Assistant, Culinary Arts, Drafting and Design, Web Development and Design, Medical Assistant, Graphic Arts, Horticulture, Marketing, and many more.

Other students may choose to take advantage of the Career Pathways program that offers specialized training and courses in various fields, including Arts & Communication, Business & Technology, Human Services, and Science & Health. Career Enhancement Opportunities are also available and include AP Courses, Business Education, College in the High School, Dual Enrollment, Cooperative Related Work/Internship Experience, and Job Shadowing.


Fall Sports: Cross country, Field hockey, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Volleball, Cheerleading

Winter Sports: Basketball, Indoor Track, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling

Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Bowling, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field

Electives & Extracurricular Activities

Special Classes: Dramatic Arts, Creative Writing, Digital Graphics, Engineering, Drones & Flight, Game Design, Business Law, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, First Aid, Fire Training & many more

Clubs: Bowling, Anime, Ski & Board Club, Math Club, Mock Trial, Student Council, PC Builders, Photography, Film Making, and more

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