Award Year: 2021

Hershey Primary Elementary School

450 Homestead Road
Hershey, PA, 17033-0898

(717) 531-2277

Mrs. Jena Funck, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Derry Township School District

School Website


Engaging all students every day to help them achieve their greatest potential as global citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Hershey Primary Elementary School

Hershey Primary Elementary School

Hershey Elementary School is nestled in the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Each day, our staff and students strive to achieve our school's 'COCOA' Principles (Community, Opportunity, Citizenship, Ownership, and Academics), guiding us to success. Our community supports our school with high levels of involvement and commitment to our staff and students. We thrive on the strong relationships that are built with our families, and they are truly a cornerstone to our continued success.

All students are given opportunities to develop further as the whole child, with support and learning focused on both academic and social-emotional learning. Our staff take daily opportunities to collaborate on student data and best instructional practices to ensure all students grow in their learning. We are also proud of the schoolwide Positive Behavior support (PBIS) systems and structures that we have in place to teach, encourage, and reinforce the behavior expectations that help students to be responsible, respectful, and safe citizens of our school and community, as well as take ownership of their learning and success.

Finally, Hershey Elementary provides a rigorous, focused, and research-based approach to academics and instruction where all students will achieve. We pride ourselves on the differentiated learning opportunities that we provide through a multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS) model. This includes structured and focused learning time in reading and math through our WIN (What I Need) model. This time allows us to provide the differentiated instruction to meet each child at their individual level, allowing the continuum of learners to receive instruction tailored to their specific needs. With our COCOA principles guiding our path, Hershey Elementary School is truly a "sweet" place to learn and grow.