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  1. Academics
    D+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Allentown City School District is a public school district located in Allentown, PA. It has 16,946 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
72%
Average SAT
1040
383 responses
Average ACT
23
35 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
16,946
Free or Reduced Lunch
92.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,988
Teachers in First/Second Year
0.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$18,698/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$40,490
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$968
National
$949
Median Home Value
$126,700
National
$184,700

Allentown City School District Reviews

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Allentown School District has demonstrated that they are capable of offering great opportunities to their students. However, the intensive amount of disparity between the school community and the administration is big. Students feel that they are in a prison because the are offer for what it looks like a lack of nutritious food. Also there is a lot of surveillance that makes you feel that you are treated inhumane. On the other hand, it has a well diverse and welcoming community of students where most people feel like they belong. In reality, there are always some students who maybe bullied or are uncomfortable, which is part of the world we live in, not just our community.
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As a graduate of William Allen High School, and a statistic featuring racial diversity, being a black young female, my experience with this school district was subpar. The children who are enrolled into a school in this district are failed by day one; these bright young individuals are given old, broken-down materials to study with. On occasion, brand new books are bought, but on average, books can be up to 10-20 years old before they are replaced. The teachers, who I sympathize with, are underpaid, and stretched too thin to accommodate for parents not taking enough initiative in their children's studies (parents are also underpaid, so it's a cycle of poverty and poor educational resources). In the high schools, fights break out almost every week, it is to the point that security walk the halls and city police are parked outside of the school every day. On the bright side, we have an amazing sports program, so yay!
Since it includes the low-income families, some of the staff aren't excellent as well. Teachers dont prepare you for SAT, AP exams, or ACT exams. I feel this should be prioritized, but I was once told that they dont matter. These test scores will definitely help you in the long run. Students arent made aware of this until it's too late, I've seen people struggling to raise their SAT score in SENIOR year, which is most definitely the hardest thing to do with so much more activities occupying their time.
In general, the staff should work more to help teach the students early on about what they should prioritize for their future.
Some teachers are really fun and informative, but some just stick with the books. I understand with the immense amount of diversity and poor mannered population it is hard to teach or interact with students without having to call security, but something must be done to bring us together more, where students could rely on teachers more.