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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Parkland High School is a highly rated, public school located in Allentown, PA. It has 3,227 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 80% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% 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
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
80%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1230
790 responses
Average ACT
28
112 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$78,045
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,296
National
$949
Median Home Value
$232,100
National
$184,700

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.50 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.50 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 210 responses
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  • 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
3,227
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.64 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.64 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.64 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,634
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.86 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.86 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.86 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.98 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.98 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.98 responses
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Parkland is a great school that offers high quality education. The people are very kind and sweet. Not only the students, but the teachers are sweet too. Most of the teachers I had are fun and really care about how their student performs. AP classes can be challenging, but the these classes really prepare students for college. I used to be the type of person to strongly dislike gym; however, once I went to Parkland I’ve learned to love it so much. They literally do Just Dance. Furthermore, student activities, volunteer work, and clubs and organizations here provide succor to building a strong transcript that will attract colleges. Many of the organizations are very focused. We have Psych Club, Red Cross, Med Club, Key Club, etc. The school looks very new and students are given their own computers. It is important to also note that this school can have a competitive atmosphere. Students feel mentally overwhelmed, however, many students have an ambition to strive for success.
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What I liked about my experience at Parkland High School was not the environment nor the people who attended this school, what I liked the most is how many classes there is to choose from. This high school offers so many class choices a-z that students were allowed to select a class they were interested in. This ranges from art, photography, culinary classes, engineering, technology, human services, politics, etc. This school allow students to express what they are interested in and take electives that helps them strengthen their skill or figure out what they're interested in. Another factor is that most of the teachers that teach at this school put in effort to teach their students, they indulge in conversations and try their best to make sure the students understand the material.
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.