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Graduation Project

Purpose: The Downingtown Area School District Graduation Project provides each student with the opportunity to go beyond the traditional educational program.  By transferring learned skills to self-selected area of physical, intellectual, or artistic interest, students will:

  • Expand their personal knowledge
  • Apply learning to practical, real-life situations
  • Explore career paths
  • Become lifelong learners

Graduation Project Proposal

Work Permits

All students between the ages of 14 and 17 are required by Pennsylvania School Law to secure an Employment certificate, known as "Working Papers," before they may begin to work. Students, who have reached 18, by state law, do not need working papers. 

Please bring a completed copy of the Work Permit Application to the DHS-East Main Office with an original document showing proof of age, such as one of the items listed below. Students must be present to sign the work permit in the presence of the Issuing Officer prior to providing a copy to their employer.

  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Learner’s permit

DHS-East Contact: 610-363-4400
PA Department of Education Child Labor Law 

NOTE:  Work Permits during the school year are only available during the hours of 7:15 am - 3:45 pm, Mondays through Fridays.  During the summer, Work Permits are only issued during the hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays.