Award Year: 2020

Dallastown Elementary School

105 South Charles Street
Dallastown, PA, 17313-2242

(717) 244-3785

Mr. Charles Patterson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Dallastown Area School District

School Website


The mission of Dallastown Elementary School and the Dallastown Area School District, in partnership with family and community, is to provide a safe, challenging, and relevant environment that inspires and creates pathways for student success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Fun Times at Dallastown Elementary

Fun Times at Dallastown Elementary

Dallastown Elementary, situated in a small town/borough in south central Pennsylvania, is one of five K-3 elementary schools in the Dallastown Area School District. Our suburban school serves approximately 185 students from diverse economic backgrounds. A commitment to building strong relationships and academic excellence are at the heart of what makes Dallastown Elementary so special.

The staff at Dallastown Elementary is most proud of providing our students and families with a positive school environment. Rapport-building and connecting with each and every student is of utmost importance. Our goal is to go beyond a mere respectful relationship to a caring relationship with students. Quite simply, we believe that effective learning cannot take place unless our K-3 students view our school as a happy, safe, and welcoming place. Our Dallastown Cares initiative, which encourages acceptance of others, also adds to the positive feel of our school. Our vibrant and engaged PTO creates opportunities for the students and their families to actively participate in the school experience. They provide family engagement activities like family literacy night, socials, art shows, and more. We truly are a "School Family" at Dallastown Elementary and feel that our positive environment sets us apart from most schools. It opens the door for outstanding learning experiences.

Dallastown Elementary received the 2017 National Title I Distinguished Schools recognition based on the State Department of Education performance in category 1 exceptional student performance for two consecutive years. We feel these outstanding scores are a result of differentiating instruction for each child.