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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Parkland School District is an elite, public school district located in Allentown, PA. It has 9,159 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% 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
64%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1210
578 responses
Average ACT
27
89 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
9,159
Free or Reduced Lunch
19.9%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,634
Teachers in First/Second Year

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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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.
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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.
All in all, I think Parkland is a good school and a good school district academically but if I were to grade it based on it's diversity, interaction, and acceptance with culture, I would not feel comfortable giving it a passing grade.

In my opinion, the school is not that great when it comes to diversity. Yes, there is a mixture of race but not much and though it may look as though the school is one big mesh of color it really is not. It feels as though there is a very small amount of intermingling between races and a difference in culture is not practiced often either. I believe, the World Language Week, that only takes place once a year, does not fully encompass all the diversity within the school. Not to mention, there are those who ridicule, mock, or terrorize others based on their race, religion, and/or culture and it rare, if at all, to see anything be done to about it.