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2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd
Allentown, PA 18104

(610) 351-5600
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August 11, 2014
Academic is a joke in Parkland High. Everyone has High GPAs, but the academic standards are so low compare to CA. That's why so many outstanding kids can't make in to the best college. It's not a good place if you want to compete with the rest of the world. Also Valedictorian is not recognized in this high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2014
I'm a former student, graduated in 2011. Parkland HS is a beautiful campus, and has most up to date tools and resources to learn. Teachers are qualified as well, but regardless of all that, if you want your children to do well and feel apart of in this school you better have money. The school parking lot looks like a new car dealer ship lot, the children that go to this school are the children of lawyers, doctors... parents that have the money to give their kids everything and this is the majority of the school. We all know how hard high school already is to "fit in" and I believe it to be distracting if one is constantly trying to "keep up" with other people they really can't compete with because that would be living outside their family's means. & don't be fooled by the 10 out of 10 rating there are many, many substances to be found at this school. I don't believe this school district prepares young adults for the real world, they just want you to get into a prestigious college. This school can give great education, but my own personal experience was lacking...the school knows how to put on a front and so do the children.

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2013
My child attends Parkland High School and I am very happy with my child's progress. The staff is helpful, there are many extracurricular acitvities for the kids and their Arts Department is one of the best I've ever seen. My child came from a school where there were bullying issue and has met wonderful students at Parkland- the more the kids involve themselves the more and different people they will meet and more interesting and the fullfilling high school experience they will have...Parkland provides great education, socialization and experience for their students. Our family couldn't be happier- the 10 out of 10 rating is well-deserved.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
I am currently attending Parkland High School and so far its wonderful. The education is great and the teachers are really good. However, the students who go there are mostly stuck up and snobby. Its hard to find the right friends in this school. They are judgmental, inconsiderate, and intolerant to anyone who looks "different" or dresses a different way. I don't hangout with these crowds and I was lucky enough to find a hand full of friends that I care about. I also have a learning disability and I really like the teachers here. They help whenever you ask and give you extra time to work on test and help you study for them. I also like the fact that they give you independence because that teaches students that they will not have that extra help all their life so they need to take responsibility. They don't have to watch you all the time if they know you are responsible, and I am glad they do so.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2012
As a parent of two students with disabilities, I find that this school has done grave injustices to us. Instead of acknowledging the needs of each individual student, the reputation of the school was first and foremost. Bullying not only came from peers, but from those we entrusted our loved one to. In the end, we moved out of state and away from what we thought to be "the best school district" in the area. Looks can be deceiving and lives can be torn apart. Your children's future is your priority. As the old saying goes "If it's too good to be true, it probably is" was never truer words to describe Parkland High School.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
If the taxpayers in the Pkld District only knew what REALLY goes on within those hallowed walls it would make their skin crawl. If you think that bullying among students is the biggest problem in the schools these days, you are wrong. With Pkld s public image being their utmost priority, the administrators have sunk to an all-time low by covering up for incompetent teachers who have not fulfilled specified requirements and instead forging (yes forging a student s records), with heavy handed bullying of their own. Pkld has good teachers; but the ones who are not should be fired, not protected, while the innocent student is thrown under the bus and has their life ruined. An extremely top heavy (overpaid) administrative hierarchy exists, to do damage control and to make sure no negative publicly occurs. It is outrageous that the very people, to whom we entrust our children, are the very ones who have lost sight of why they went into education in the first place. Through the protection of their union hierarchy, they can so easily destroy young lives, all for the sake of their lack of morals, ethics, and big fat salaries.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
As a former student at the school, know a sophomore in a top 20 school I can Parkland is what you make of it. Opportunities are available everywhere at Parkland, although it takes a lot digging to find them. You really need to have a kid who is comfortable in big bureaucratic structures or be a proactive parent who will fight to figure out what is best for your kid at parkland. There is little to no hand holding, if your kid doesn't take the time to figure out how the classes work or which are important to take early on, Parkland is not the school for you. Parkland is not a nurturing until you've put in the work to find the teachers who will nurture you. Other than that, Parkland give a slightly better than average education. Push your son or daughter to take honors classes, CP classes are a joke and the teachers are overworked which translates to complete disinterest in students. once students reach the AP level teacher really do care and I had great experiences with all my AP teachers. Generally though the academic standard at Parkland is overestimated because of GPA weighting. Despite all I've said Parkland is still leagues better than Emmaus, Allen, or even Central

- submitted by a student
February 25, 2011
If you consider academic is most important, Parkland High School is not the right school for you. The average SAT in 2010 was 1596 and was not much higher than national average 1509. The school GPA is really misleading. The honors class A gets 5.0 GPA. Those hornors classes are low standard and most kids can get As. Most universities use not weighted GPA with consideration of APs. Maths are very weak. We have to teach our daughter again in the summer. This is the only high school I know stop recognizing valedictorian.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2011
The academic standards are quite low in Parkland compare to other states. Lots of teachers graduated from Kutztown University and they seem don't like to use textbooks. My son was a straight A student in Parkland High, but when he transfered to CA, he hardly can keep up Bs. His current high school is also public school, 4000 students. The average SATs is 200 points higher than Parkland High average SAT.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
Excellent!!!!! My children have all gone to Parkland and have done wonderful in their lives!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
i am a former student i now attend lehighton high school. this is a great school the learning your kids will get from here is amazing. i know, i learned more than i thought i would and the teachers are very helpful in every way they can be. as far as the students go well some can be very harsh but most mind there own self's. i would deffinetly recommend this school to anyone looking for a good education and prepardness for college.

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2009
I am a former graduate of Parkland and my younger brother also attended the school. Parkland is great if you are an academically or athletically motivated student. Both my brother and myself were able to take APs which allowed us to have over a semester of college credit completed before we ever left the halls of Parkland. With it's academic rigor and excellent extracurricular activities, Parkland also helped set us both up to earn academic scholarships in college and gave us the chance to display leadership abilities for a lot of trust and responsibility are awarded to students.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2009
I'm a student at Parkland High School and I have to say, its great. You always know that you are in the best high school in the area and the teachers are really friendly and helpful. No school can compare to this one(:

- submitted by a student
December 25, 2008
Although the academic system at Parkland is by far one of the greatest in the state of Pennsylvania, if you parents could spend a week in our shoes, you d be baffled to how this could come to be. The teachers are extremely unprofessional and seem to care more about being thought of as the cool teacher than doing their job. They really could honestly care less about your student and more about the teacher down the hallway who they plan on meeting for dinner that night. They treat us with the lowest amount of respect a decent human deserves, and that is why I have to completely disagree with some of the other people who have written about Parkland. I have been in the Parkland District for five years never been more disrespected and verbally abused by anyone in my life. Teachers are supposed to motivated you, push you, and correct you when you are wrong.

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
Parkland is a wonderful school. Not only excelling in athletics, we also have amazing art programs as well as endless extracurriculars. It's extremely easy for any student to find their niche. Although the large number of students (about 4000) could be intimidating, it ultimately makes it easier for one to find peers who they are compatible with. Guidance counselors put forth a great deal of effort to communicate with all of their many students, and assess their needs. With many course options, one can more easily figure out what they'd like to do after high school, or decide a possible major. There are many levels of classes, making it simple for you to find the perfect class for you. Teachers push you to do your best, which shines through in our excellent test scores. Parkland is an outstanding school, and I couldn't imagine attending anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2008
I have had three children go through the school and school district. It is an excellent school for motivated students with lots of activities. It is also a good school for students with special needs. The students in the middle can sometimes get 'lost in the crowd.' It's a huge school - 3200 students (9-12th) which means the athletics are incredibly competitive.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
We have been a Parkland parent for 10 yrs and are so sad to leave the area due to relocation. I am having a horrible time trying to find the same standards that Parkland has. Parkland is the best overall and is rated 10 or 10 can't get better than that. Parkland is an exceptional school. I commend all instructors.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
Not pleased with the efforts of classroom teachers to provide in-classroom accommodations to students identified with learning disabilities. Although an IEP says one thing classroom teachers want students to bend to their 'style' of teaching, not changing instruction to meet the learning style/needs of students. When you asked for an accommodation or for the opportunity to have a test sent home it was like I was asking for the moon. Accommodations and adaptations need to be implemented to help the student learn. Never saw a single pretest/assessment done by a classroom teacher to determine what a student knew in order to differentiate instruction. No wonder learning support students have not met the PSSA goals in 2 of the last 3 or 4 years.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2007
Parkland is probably the best school in the Lehigh Valley. They prepare you really well for college and I loved the atmosphere when I went there, teachers are always willing to help students as well as the administrative staff and the guidance staff. Parkland is the best school to send your child to.

- submitted by a former student
June 10, 2006
Academically PHS is sending numerous students to Ivy League schools. Availability of extracurric. actvties. is abundant. Parental involvement is moderate to high.

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March 19, 2006
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November 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 03, 2005
My child was greatly encouraged at parkland and really enjoys the atmosphere.

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April 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
My son has been encouraged to do his best. His teachers have worked hard and cared enough to help him bring out his best work ever. They have a plan for the children. The school has a a lot to offer in the way of college prep or employment prep. As long as your child is willing to learn and participates things will work out fine. My son entered in the 10th grade. He found a lot of assistance from his counselor.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
My children went from a school of 400 to parkland, a school of 4000. They were lost in the system, and nobody seemed to care. My daughter couldn't find the lunch room for the first week! The academic standards seem to be lower than that of the other school. There are vastly more opportunities and classes offered, but I don't know how that will benefit them if they are pretty much passed on whatever they do. My children are presenting sub-standard work, work that would not have been accepted at the other school, and it is getting an A. perhaps that is how they rate high? I think they never should have combined into this huge mini mall of a school, it is just too big and daunting. Add to that that my son has had numerous items stolen, and despite the on site police officer, nothing gets resolved. not impressed.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 09, 2003
Over the past 7 years, my children have grown tremendously through quality teaching and nurturing in Parkland. The music department is, bar none, the finest I have ever seen. The kids are started out on a path of excellence from day 1, and by the time they hit high school, you can expect to be bowled over at any concert you attend. This continuity is evident academically and athletically as well. We are truly blessed to have had this opportunity for our kids. My only concern is safety...no parent wants to see their child pass through metal detctors each morning, but, in this day and age? I wish our senior high had some....are we over-confident or do we have blinders on?

- submitted by a parent
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Parkland Senior High School
2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA  18104
(610) 351-5600
Last modified Parkland Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Parkland Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top