Welcome to the Upper Adams School



The Upper Adams School District in Adams County, Pennsylvania, includes the Boroughs of Arendtsville, Bendersville, and Biglerville, and the Townships of Butler, Menallen and part of Tyrone. Covering a geographical area of 90 square miles, the total population is approximately 10,828 (U.S. Census, 2010 estimate). Each Borough has an elementary school configured according to grade levels. Biglerville Elementary, the primary center, houses all students in Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades. Arendtsville Elementary and Bendersville Elementary are intermediate buildings, housing Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades. Beginning with Seventh Grade, all students attend the Upper Adams Middle School in the Borough of Biglerville. At the beginning of 9th Grade students are members of the Biglerville High School, also located in the Borough of Biglerville. The number of students attending schools in the district is approximately 1,700.                                                                                                                                 








BHS 2013-2014 Awards Ceremony Photos



UASD Spring 2014 Newsletter





UASD 2014-2015 Budget Presentation - May 6, 2014




For More Information Contact: January 9, 2014

Barbara B. Ernico

Adams County Community Foundation

P. O. Box 4565

Gettysburg, PA 17325





Biglerville, PA.

The Canner Education Fund of Upper Adams School District has received a major gift from alumnus, Galen S. Wagner of Mill Valley, California.  Mr. Wagner graduated from Biglerville High School in 1951, attended Penn State, and then Sheffield School of Aeronautics in Florida.  Through hard work and commitment, and a sheer love of flying, Wagner became an airline pilot and Captain.  He had the honor of flying fourteen different types of aircrafts finally retiring as Captain on a Boeing 747-400 for United Airlines flying the Far East routes.  He flew for Capital Airlines which became United Airlines, retiring in 1994 after 38 years.   Mr. Wagner, the son of Henry and Myrna Wagner, grew up on a farm off Table Rock Road.

Galen Wagner returned to his 62nd Class Reunion this past summer and spoke to Dr. Wesley Doll, Superintendent of Upper Adams School District, about his passion to help students with dyslexia succeed in their education.  He established the Galen S. Wagner Fund with Adams County Community Foundation to provide funds for the Upper Adams School District.  Dr. Doll stated, “Galen S. Wagner is providing much more than a monetary gift, he is providing resources for dyslexic readers to have the priceless gift of potentially reading without struggling.”  The earnings of this fund will support diagnostic, evaluative, and instructional strategies to assist students with dyslexia.  Support may include teacher training and classroom support, instructional materials, evaluation and assessment all related to dyslexia.  Wagner struggled with dyslexia all his life, but was able to overcome the difficulties it presented him and became a successful pilot and businessman.  His success in life inspired him to give back to others through his alma mater.


The Galen S. Wagner Fund is part of the Canner Funds established by Upper Adams School District in 2010 with Adams County Community Foundation.  With this new gift, the Canner Funds have almost $258,000 for educational purposes and $126,600 for scholarships. The purpose of these funds is to create an avenue of continued support for District students, programs and initiatives that may go beyond what is able to be funded through the basic operating budget.  The Canner Funds provide an opportunity for alumni, community members, businesses and others to demonstrate their support of our schools and our students in a tangible way.  Contributors to this Fund can be confident that their support directly impacts the educational programs that benefit our students and, in turn, the Upper Adams community.

If you are interested in establishing a fund or contributing to the Canner Education Funds, please contact Barbara Ernico of Adams County Community Foundation at 337-0060 or Mike Lawrence of Upper Adams School District at 677-7191

Adams County Community Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established to inspire people and communities to build and distribute charitable funds for Good, for Adams County, for Ever.    The vision of the organization is to be a leading resource, promoting philanthropy among people of all means who wish to make lasting and meaningful contributions to Adams County, and providing opportunities to develop and strengthen our communities.  Persons interested in making a gift to the Foundation or establishing a fund at the Foundation should contact Barbara Ernico, President, at P. O. Box 4565, Gettysburg or by telephone at 717-337-0060.  For more information about Adams County Community Foundation, please visit the website at www.adamscountycf.org.



The LIU Summer Academy, celebrating its 30th year, is an enrichment program for students in grades 3-8, offering courses in both the arts and academic strands.  The program is held at both Gettysburg High School and Central York Middle School during various weeks in June and July.


Parents can go to our website – www.iu12.org – to download a registration form, or may contact me at the email/phone number listed below.


Deb Ayers, Coordinator

717-624-6509 (Phone)  

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Biglerville High School Marching Band

honored at state Capital

WGAL News story:









Parent Notication System Letter

Notificacion a los padres carta sistema

Letter Regarding Student Illnesses

Carta de estudiante enfermadades









Letter from Superintendent regarding the 2013-2014 and

2014-2015 school year start dates

(Spanish version)



2013-2014 School Calendar



Canner Educational Fund Advisory Board - Meeting Schedule


District PSSA AYP Information



Healthier School Lunches


5th Grade Environmental Education Camp

Click HERE see pictures of the 2012 version of Environmental Education Camp




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Collaborating For Youth -

Youth Leadership Camp

Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27, 2014


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Strengthening Families



Information on Flu Prevention


Donate to the Canner Educational Fund of the Upper Adams School District


Gettysburg VFW Patriot Pen, Patriotic Essay Writing Contest


"Parents Who Host Lose the Most"

Parent Tips From Collaborating for Youth




All members of the Upper Adams School District are committed to providing learning opportunities that enable our students to become productive and responsible citizens through decision-making based on what is best for children.




The Upper Adams School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  For information regarding civil rights, grievance procedures or access, contact the Title IX Coordinator (Dr. Wesley Doll) or the Section 504 Coordinator (Dr. Anne Corwell) at 161 North Main Street, Biglerville, PA 17307 or 717-677-7191

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