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.

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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.

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postheadericon Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Field Test (SBAC-FT)


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Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:23)




On December 16, 2013, the Darien Board of Education received the final version of the special education report, “Procedures and Practices Relevant to the Administration and Operation of Instruction, Services and Support for Students with Disabilities in the Darien Public Schools for the 2012-2013 School Year,”  prepared by Sue Gamm, Esq.  An Executive Summary (revised December 16, 2013) was also received.

We thank Attorney Gamm for her extensive report and have started the review process.  Please find links to the report(s) Full Report, Revised Executive Summary.

We look forward to discussing these findings at our next Board meeting on January 14th, in the context of our preliminary action plan.  The preliminary action plan presented on December 10th took into account the 70 page executive summary and the recommendations from the two state reports.  We are now taking the time to read the 161 page full report to make sure that any additional information provided by Attorney Gamm will be fully considered as the action plan takes shape.  The Administration will be reporting to the Board on a monthly basis.


Elizabeth A. Hagerty-Ross, Chairman

Darien Board of Education

Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 December 2013 13:28)


postheadericon Smarter Balanced Field Tests Replace CMT/CAPT in DPS for Spring 2014


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postheadericon Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registration will take place in Darien elementary schools in late January and early February 2014.  Please click here for further information.



postheadericon From the Board of Education

December 4, 2013


Dear Darien School Community,

The Darien Board of Education was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Mrs. MaryLee Fisher, former principal of Tokeneke Elementary School.  Mrs. Fisher passed away last Wednesday following a short illness.

Mrs. Fisher served as Tokeneke Elementary School Principal for 15 years prior to her retirement in 2011.  She was considered an outstanding educational leader who demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting the learning needs of students.  Notably, Mrs. Fisher played an important role in the planning and building of the new Tokeneke Elementary School.   

A former art teacher, Mrs. Fisher was honored following her retirement with the dedication of a beautiful mural at Tokeneke Elementary School that depicts images of different characters from classic children’s literature.  As members of the school community see this mural in the library setting, they are reminded of Mrs. Fisher’s love of the arts and of her meaningful contributions to the Darien school community.

We will remember Mrs. Fisher in our hearts and minds and we offer our deep sympathy to her family.

With the support of Mrs. Fisher’s family, a memorial scholarship fund in recognition of Mrs. Fisher’s love of the arts and contributions to the Darien Public Schools is being established by the Tokeneke PTO.  This scholarship will be given to a Tokeneke graduating senior who plans on pursuing post-high school study of the arts.  Contributions can be sent to:

MaryLee Fisher Arts Scholarship
c/o Tokeneke School
7 Old Farm Road
Darien, CT 06820



Darien Board of Education


Last Updated (Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:19)



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