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
Address
2700 N Cedar Crest Blvd
Allentown, PA 18104
Telephone
(610) 351-5600

Parkland High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1210
497 responses
Average ACT
27
80 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

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.44 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.44 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 195 responses
Report
  • Mr. Parkland
    19%
  • Post Prom
    17%
  • The Festival of the Arts is always entertaining.
    15%
  • Prom
    14%
  • Garter Bowl
    12%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • 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.58 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.58 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.58 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.80 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.80 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.80 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
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.92 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.92 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.92 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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Despite every obstacle and challenge that came my way during my time at PHS, I still feel like a changed individual and that I was brought into a high school that would change be into a better person. Classes may seem difficult at times but that just pushed me to work harder and study more for success. Along with that, most teachers provide support and encouragement because they also want you to succeed. I was grateful for the times when my teachers would offer up their opinions to me and my felloe classmates on how you can prepare for tests, essays, etc. PHS is such a big school which in a way I was grateful for because you had to find your own corner of the sky. There are many opportunities to become involved and do something you're interested in. I'll always remember the impact Parkland High School has created for me and that they continue to do for all students that walk through their doors.
As a theater and music student, I had a lot of opportunities to do what I loved every single day. That being said, my friends who were involved with sports at the school also had that high level of availability to do as much as they possibly could. However, it is a very competitive environment when it comes to academics; stressing over every assignment happened quite frequently just because trying to get the best grades was a difficult but prestigious goal. There were a lot of support staff members, along with some teachers who, frankly, could be done without, but that comes with the high school experience.