C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    D
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
William Allen High School is a public school located in Allentown, PA. It has 2,536 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 34% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% 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
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
34%
Average Graduation Rate
62%
Average SAT
1020
138 responses
Average ACT
23
19 responses
AP Enrollment
13%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
47%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Basketball games, volleyball games, and musical
    19%
  • Spirit week
    17%
  • Pep ralley
    17%
  • Choir
    12%
  • Chorale
    10%
  • Football games
    10%
  • Marching Band
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,536
Free or Reduced Lunch
72%
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.8%
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 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
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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William Allen is a melting pot. The abundant amount of diversity encountered through the hallways at Allen provides one with a sense of belonging. Throughout my experience at William Allen, I have never felt insecure of my race or ethnicity, I was in an environment where I could truly be myself. Each teacher in William Allen taught with a unique sense, always making the lesson engaging and informative. The reputation we hold is not based entirely upon our student body actions but the stigmas other schools hold against us. In every High School there is going to be a group of students whom behave recklessly but such small percentage should not represent a school as a whole. My experience at William Allen is fantastic solely because of the initiative I took to separate myself from those who were not interestes in learning. I continuously demonstrate an eager passion for my education and my school, which is why the staff members always demonstrate in interest in me.
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William Allen High School is a very diverse school with many opportunities at hand. There is a wide range of offered sports and activities, from chess club, and yearbook to Powder Puff games. The second you step into Allen you can tell there is school pride. Many of the teacher try their best to prepare their students for life after high school, with tutoring after school, and one-on-one help. Although the food is not gourmet nor five stars, the lunch ladies provide a welcoming environment into the café. Overall Allen is a great school, with the dedication of students, and teachers alike.
Obviously, a lot of the problems come from money, but also some teachers, parents, and students do not make the full effort. I feel that if a class is not advanced the teacher gives no effort. Sometimes teachers of higher level classes also don't seem to care. There are many clubs, though our funding is low. Some clubs resort to fundraising purely on their own. The school is not as bad as people say. If you put in the effort you will graduate and have a fun experience. Fights arenot common unless you cause trouble yourself.