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6001 Good Luck Rd
Riverdale, MD 20737

(301) 513-5700
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March 18, 2015
If I could give 0 stars I would. Do not send your child to this school Lori Taylor is evil, vindictive, immature a bully and unprofessional. Someone like that should not be around children. She lets her emotions get the best of her and treat the children based on her personal feelings towards them. A shame, what grown adult with any common sense would pick on a child. An awful human being who cares nothing about the children. She is obviously unhappy in her personal life.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2014
I feel as though Parkdale needs to clean the school more, especially the bathrooms and hallways because it doesn't look representable to me, but however, it is a good school

- submitted by a student

October 09, 2013
This school is honestly not that bad. You have to make the best out of it. For a parent to say it is horrible,then they may not be pushing their child to take the extra step & make it a great experience.Our new principal has had former experience as a vice principal and is doing an amazing job.The IB program offers students in depth knowledge as well as the AP program. We also have Global Studies & a new Homeland Security Program.Parkdale is doing GREAT things.We've met with children from a boarding school in Kenya and are working to even sponsor them to study here.Many are finding out what they would like to do in higher level learning and are improving their grades.We have OUTSTANDING clubs such as Student Government Association and Robotics Club.If your child is having a hard time adapting to the school,try enrolling them in after school clubs or meet up with their teachers. The school can not help to make your child feel more comfortable unless you call and see. There is always room for improvement,but the school needs your input not only in what can be done better but that the parents and child are also taking steps to a comfortable environment. And this goes for ANY school.

- submitted by a community member

October 08, 2013
Really bad from all points of view. Do your "homework" and you will find out why.....

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2011
Many things have changed at PHS with a new principal and administration staff, they have insured our safety and reciving the best education that PG county has to offer. With outstanding AP and IB programs you are almost garanteed the best results. Though, even the best schools have"riff raff" These students have a lack of home training and are only a few compared to the rest of the school. I believe the parents are the blame and you cannot expect teachers to do what should have already been done in the home. I love attending PHS!! And couldnt imagine going anywhere else. So NO Parkdale isnt a bad school, maybe a bit overcrowded but a great place to learn. And about the temperature in the building... Bring a sweater for cold days. The building a bit old thats all. No you wont get abused by gangs, beat up because your a freshman, or forced to use any type of drug. No there arent metal dectors, but yes there is security. Your safe!! Dont worry! If you come to school for the right reasons then you should have a wonderful experience. Congrats Class of 2011!!

- submitted by a student
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February 26, 2010
I don't know why people are always complaining about this school. It's not great, but it's not bad. The IB Program and the AP classes offered are excellent. This school has the best IB Program in the state. Some of the teachers are savvy, I agree with that. I think that a few of the teachers need to be more considerate and learn to how to show respect to their students. Overall, this school has not disappointed me. There are many studious and intelligent students in this school!

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2009
My son is a freshman at Parkdale. We had not heard any good things about the school and were quite concerned. We are delighted with my son's progress. The school is safe, the 9th grade academy is state of the art, he loves his teachers and feels challenged. He has a good group of friends. The only rough spot is in the administration of the school, but it seems that savvy teachers have found ways around that to communicate directly with students. I'm thrilled with the school!

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2008
My daughter is always coming home complaining about this school, it's always too cold or too loud or the teacher's attitude are more devil-may-care than anything else. This school needs a definitely needs serious disciplinary readjustments, and obviously the dress code isn't working as it should.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2008
I luv parkdale this scholl changed my attutude towards learning and the ajrotc team there is like a big family

- submitted by a student

July 18, 2008
parkdale is home, it can't get better than that. we start from dirt and build our school to the mountian that is it. out sports team, especially soccer and softball try thier best. thanks MR. Ovatin and Mr. Watkins. Go parkdale panthers wooooo!!!!!

- submitted by a student

January 03, 2008
The students who are not in the IB program are not being challenged enough. There is not enough emphasis on reading and critically analyzing literary classics. And there are too few indepth projects and compositions required.

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2007
I love the school but some classrooms are colder than others and sometimes its way to hot. Its my first year here and were eating in the main gym while thay fix up our cafeterira. The good thing is there making a building for all freshmens. the school is way over crowed.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 15, 2007
I went to parkdale from 1997 - 2001. I am glad uniforms are now the attire and parkdale is on the 8 period system. There are serious issues with students disrespecting adults and peers, an attitude that is brought from home. One of the reasons talented teachers stay is to make a difference. Test scores are low. My PSAT was 850 in 10th grade but my SAT was 1320 in 12th. What makes the difference is a serious reading program as-early-as-possible/more rigorous math. I was fortunated to have teachers like Hearle who taught AP Chemistry, Siglar who taugh AP Biology, Knupp who taught AP Calculus, Hart-Nibre who taught Advance French. Also an excellent football/track/wrestling teams. Nevertheless, there are also unmotivated teachers. Students/parents must capitalize on parkdales' strengths; students could take AP courses from 11th grade onwards and eliminate a semester or more from college. For serious parents who want students to excel these strengths

- submitted by a student

January 19, 2007
This is my 1st year as a parent at Parkdale and I believe that there should be more involvementfrom the parents, community, and our leaders. I have not had any major problems in the school as far, but I've notice that the children has a lack of school spirit. What our school system needs is more teaches who really cares and doesn't wonder if 'that's included in my paycheck'. There's disrespect that goes on at Parkdale between the teachers, coaches, students, and parents.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2006
As a mother of a student attending Parkdale and one that graduated from Parkdale I feel that it is a good school. I know that there is always room for improvement and that is why I encourage parents to take an active part in their child's education. Become involved! Visit the principal and have a chat with him/her. Visit the teachers when there is a problem or just go there to observe. My son was honor roll at Parkdale. He did four years at Howard University and will continue so that he can become a dentist. I am proud of Parksdale, but like everything else they make mistakes. I would like to see them get buses for our children walking to school from the 62nd-70th Street or Place areas. Let us know who we can talk to to get this serious matter addressed. When my son attended there were buses.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2006
The principal seems to be uninvolved and quite unaffected by the troubles in the school. Kids are falling through the cracks left and right.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2006
I am a parent that has children in this school, there is no type of secure enviorment. And for the teachers who ignore what they see. YOU are responsible for everything that goes on. Especially when you don't notify responsible parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 15, 2005
I am writing here though I am not a parent. I am the School Testing Coordinator. Some friends have rated our principal in a way that does not do him justice. He is one of the most enlightened educator with whom I have worked, exhibiting a vision for improvement evidenced in the offering of opportunities to both students and staff to raise their performance level. I know very few leaders who will respect their wards or staff in their pathway choices as our principal. In addition our principal is compassionate, caring for more than 50 CRI and Ortho students. He has set in motion a school-wide Improvement Plan that is well in place and starting to kick in. Test based, we are suffering, but growth based, we are improving. Our school is slowly but surely becoming a great school! We shall overcome!

- submitted by a teacher

September 22, 2005
I went to parkdale, and there is MUCH room for improvement. Some teachers are good, but overall, they're pretty shabby. Supervision is a joke. You wouldn't believe all the things students get away with there. There are over-crowded classes, and not enough attention. It seemed as though no one cared.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2005
My son is now in the 11th grade at this school. I must say the teachers he had in the 9th grade were unspeakably dynamic. He had a difficult time turning into a teen and taking that step from middle to high but they were on target with him and offer help to him and me. The 10th was also a good year with good teachers. I hate to see some of the teachers retiring. I do think that parents who have problems with teachers need to go the extra mile for their child in an adult manner. I only had one problem and one teacher involved. The principle and the counselor did listen and followed up. I appreciate that. With the demographics rapidly changing, I feel the school is atleast average. We as parents could make it better. Call your state leaders to give teachers what they need.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2005
I go to Parkdale currently and it is a decent school. It's not the best but it can get better especialy with the great teachers. You grow to love it.

- submitted by a student

February 08, 2005
Ummm... My daughter is currently in Parkdale. I am on the net looking at other schools in MD to determine where we will move... get the picture?

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2005
Since 1999 the school has gone down hill. Administrators are never outside in the am any more. They use to have some of the best teachers. Some are still there but between horrigan and hornsbey they are gone. The ib program has been watered down. They are going to loose the rotc program. Many of the students depended on what middle school they come from are not even offered uhs. The kids can not raise money for events and the inability for parents to write checks has inconvienced the parents. Last years graduation was an embarrassment. Kids showing up whenever and still being seated on the floor, no significant speaker, it was a joke!

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2004
The school is getting better and better...keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
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Parkdale High School
6001 Good Luck Rd, Riverdale, MD  20737
(301) 513-5700
Last modified Parkdale High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Parkdale High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top