Expanded use of ASPEN for

Student Contact & Medical Emergency Information

Sharing Directory Info & Email/Text Notifications

Darien is now using ASPEN, a secure Web-based information management system to collect contact and medical emergency information and for parents to request non-disclosure of directory information for students.  School Messenger will be used for email/text notifications in place of Ed Alert.

Please click here for more information


Welcome to Darien Public Schools

The Darien Public Schools web site will be going through many great improvements. Our ultimate goal for the site is to keep parents informed of the events that shape their children's education.

<<

postheadericon Darien Public Schools Implementation of Visitor Management System Tuesday 12/3


The Darien Public Schools will feature a new visitor management system beginning on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.  Visitors who wish to enter school buildings will be requested to scan their photo identification and receive a visitor's badge.  This is part of a new security clearance system aimed at making our schools safer for students and staff.  It offers us a high-tech way of keeping track of who is in our buildings at any time and is useful in cases of emergency.







Last night the Board of Education appointed Dr. Lynne Pierson as Interim Superintendent of the Darien Public Schools.  The Board also wishes to thank Timothy Canty, Acting Superintendent of Schools, for his dedication, professionalism, and leadership during this school year.  Dr. Pierson will officially join the Darien Public Schools on November 19, 2013, and we know the entire school community will be eager to meet and welcome Dr. Pierson.  A press release is attached.  Thank you.






On Monday, November 4, 2013 at a special Darien Board of Education meeting, Attorney Sue Gamm  shared her findings on the Special Education investigation.   The video of the meeting is available for viewing here.  Please click here for the Executive Summary and click here for Attorney Gamm’s Power Point Presentation. The complete report will be delivered to the Darien Board of Education within a few weeks.   The Board will promptly share the full report with the school community.  Thank you.





As you may know, the school district is undertaking a number of changes and initiatives in special education to comply with the decision(s) of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).  One of these initiatives is offering IEP Facilitation to our school community.  According to the CSDE, “IEP Facilitation is a student focused process in which a trained, neutral facilitator assists the IEP team in working collaboratively to reach consensus and develop an IEP that meets the needs of the student.”  The purpose of IEP Facilitation, according to the CSDE, is to assist parents and schools in providing “a process that results in an appropriate IEP by assisting the team to stay focused on the student’s individualized needs and to communicate effectively.”   IEP Facilitation is a purely voluntary process for parents; the school district will honor and process each request for IEP Facilitation.  We encourage the school community to learn more about IEP Facilitation at the school district’s website ( where the following information is available:

  • IEP Facilitation
  • Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Regarding IEP Facilitation
  • List of IEP Facilitators
  • Form to Request IEP Facilitation
  • IEP Facilitation Agreement

    Last Updated (Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:58)


    postheadericon Board of Education Appoints Acting Superintendent of Schools


    Last night, October 22, 2013, the Board of Education appointed Mr. Timothy Canty to serve as Acting Superintendent pending the appointment of an Interim Superintendent.  Please join us in supporting Mr. Canty as we move through this transition in our Schools.




    Darien Public Schools is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons.  Darien Public Schools does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  The Darien Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction.  Inquiries regarding Darien Public Schools nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

    Chris Manfredonia                                                 Ellen Ryan                       
    203-655-3981 (x-2263)                                       203-655-3981 (x-2304)

    Darien High School
    80 High School Lane
    Darien, CT  06820