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Parkland School District is a top rated, public school district located in Allentown, PA. It has 9,126 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
1210 Springhouse Rd
Allentown, PA 18104

Parkland School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1220
662 responses
Average ACT
28
96 responses
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Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
9,126
Free or Reduced Lunch
22.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,634
Teachers in First/Second Year
5%

Finances

Total Expenses
$131,207,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,149/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    3%

Parkland School District Reviews

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Parkland School District is the leader of the Lehigh Valley in all aspects of academics, athletics, and the arts. Looking at the quality of the education, it is consistently rated above competition like Southern Lehigh, East Penn, and Nazareth area school districts. Athletic sports teams are extremely competitive and only the top tier of students make teams... which can be a positive or a negative. This way, Parkland is one of the top athletic preforming schools in the State. The arts is no exception... Fall plays and spring musicals are top-notch. The school system is full of diversity allowing for a wholesome experience. Class size is larger than most comparable schools in the area, which is a negative. Great school district, renovated and advanced schools, low taxes, nothing but the best from Parkland.
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I attended Orefield Middle School and Parkland High School. The Buildings themselves are gorgeous, and things are usually cleaned and very organized. The teachers are pretty nice and the higher grade you're in the more reasonable they seem to become. The only downside is that some teachers try to squash outgoing personalities and differences in your early years. Another one is a majority of faculty members aren't really trained to pick up different behaviors in kids, whether they're having some mental struggles or problems at home and translates into their school work. All-in-all the school district is pretty good in comparison to other surrounding districts.
Parkland is what you make of it. This is a very large school district, and its program offered for students is treated as such: abundant opportunities, but little one-on-one time or creativity. Especially in middle and high school, class sizes are huge (30+ students even in AP classes sometimes. In the upper levels, the students push each other to do well almost to extremes (i.e. laundry list extracurriculars). However, the teachers are a weaker link in the district. Many just teach out of prescribed curricula rather than tailoring their teaching to the specific classes' needs. Additionally, it is worth pointing out that the drive/bus ride especially to middle and high school may be very long, sometimes over 30 minutes in normal traffic.