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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
William Allen High School is a public school located in Allentown, PA. It has 2,611 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 43% in reading.
Address
106 N 17th St
Allentown, PA 18104
Telephone
(484) 765-5001
Website

William Allen High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
43%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
65%
Average SAT
1060
155 responses
Average ACT
25
23 responses
AP Enrollment
9%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$38,522
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$938
National
$949
Median Home Value
$124,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
50%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
65%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Basketball games, volleyball games, and musical
    20%
  • Pep ralley
    16%
  • Spirit week
    16%
  • Choir
    13%
  • Chorale
    11%
  • Football games
    9%
  • Marching Band
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,611
Free or Reduced Lunch
70%
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,104
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.5%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,403/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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William Allen High School has an incredibly bad reputation and despite the negative connotations associated with our name, we strive for greatness and the staff are very helpful. Allen is filled with resources and they're very good at keeping things moving even with such a large student body. The only downsides would be underfunding and the mediocre security. Those issues however, do not take away from how many opportunities we get. Im proud to be a canary.
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What I liked about WAHS was that there were so many clubs and activities you can do and easily get involved in. There were many after school activities that all the students can go to and hopefully get more involved with the school. Plus teachers are really supportive of those who do more outside of class and it gives you many opportunities. What I would change about WAHS is the locked bathrooms, lunch, and old textbooks.
Allen is a chronically underfunded school where you can still find immense opportunities - if you decide to go for them. A multitude of clubs and organizations, passionate arts programs, swaths of AP courses... if you want to reach for the stars, you can. Though our school has struggles and mismanagement, keeping your focus can result in leaving with amazing experiences.