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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 3,163 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 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
771 responses
Average ACT
28
109 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.48 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.48 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 204 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
3,163
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.62 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.62 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.62 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,634
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.84 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.84 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.84 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.96 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.96 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.96 responses
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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.
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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.
Parkland High School was great. As a whole, the teachers are awesome and the marching band program is phenomenal. Overall, my experience was great, but the fact that it's high school is still relevant (friend issues, aggravating homework, etc.) One thing I wish they would change is the lunches. 4th period lunch is great but by the time you get to 7th they've run out of the good food. Also, juniors should have to take the worse parking spaces so seniors can have the good ones. They can take the good spots when they're seniors. I would also suggest that we should be able to have a tad more freedom during study halls.
But, as previously mentioned, Parkland High School is a good experience.