A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Parkland High School is an elite, public school located in Allentown, PA. It has 3,123 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
2700 N Cedar Crest Blvd
Allentown, PA 18104
Telephone
(610) 351-5600

Parkland High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1210
582 responses
Average ACT
27
90 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.45 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.45 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 196 responses
Report
  • Mr. Parkland
    19%
  • Post Prom
    17%
  • The Festival of the Arts is always entertaining.
    15%
  • Prom
    14%
  • Garter Bowl
    12%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • Theater productions
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,123
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.59 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.59 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.59 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.5%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.81 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.81 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.81 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,149/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.93 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.93 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.93 responses
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There were nice teachers at this school with the exception of a few. Some worked with you to get the grade you deserved. The school was big but not big enough. Halls were crowded after the bell rang. Some teachers were too strict on late policies. It takes long to get from one class to another. The food and vending machines were mediocre, some of the best were the salads and specialties. School store was cool but I realized that late. Parking lot is a problem. Needs more entrances and exits. Sometimes takes 20 min to leave. School was filled with amenities and technology. Had 2 large pools and many sports fields. Prepared me well for college opposed to other local schools. Weight room seemed outdated 3 years ago when I was there. Teachers were very involved in things, that was a plus! I wish some of the administrators would do more to help students in financial need.
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Parkland High School really has a plethora of opportunities. Whether it be the arts, academics, or athletics, there are always encouraging teachers, motivated peers, and a future of success present in each. The diversity of courses, clubs, and programs at our school really help to connect you to what you want to try exploring. Interested in painting? Sign up for the first of three courses or join the cartoons and illustration club. Looking to explore medicine? Ask about the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program and the HOSA student association. Think that you need more of a challenge than the local rec soccer team? Try out for junior varsity and stay involved with the intramurals program. All in all, Parkland High School is one of the best schools where you can pursue your passions.
There are many things I like about Parkland High School. We excel not only in academics, but we have outstanding arts and athletic programs. Every year since I've been at Parkland, there has been at least one sports team that wins a PIAA State Championship. In the arts, I hear on the morning news, which is a phenomenal newscast about the numerous students who excelled at their respective arts program over the past weekend. We consistently have students representing Parkland in high level academic competitions.