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  1. Academics
    C-
  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 16,611 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
About Allentown City School District...
Address
31 S Penn Street
Allentown, PA 18105
Telephone
(484) 765-4000
Website

Allentown City School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
71%
Average SAT
1050
316 responses
Average ACT
23
34 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
16,611
Free or Reduced Lunch
92.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,592
Teachers in First/Second Year
0.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$272,977,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,411/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    4%

Allentown City School District Reviews

35 reviews
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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!
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ASD does not encourage family participation in students' academic & social endeavors; families need guidance in order to help their children starting in the primary years. The educators should not be doing that. GENERALLY, student body is careless, dirty, disrespectful, & self-serving with academic performance shockingly below state average. We would not send our children to ASD schools because the presence of & influence of the disgrace we see is too much for us to trust that our children would be safe & educated beyond elementary school level.
Allentown School District has its pros and cons but it is a great school to increase your learning abilities and experiences. I have had wonderful opportunities both academically and artistically with the arts program that we have. There are a few people who don't enjoy their jobs making it miserable for the other students but we deeply appreciate the teachers and staff who make this district enjoyable, safe, and a comfortable environment.