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Parkland Senior High School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted April 7, 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted September 9, 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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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

717 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

724 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

718 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

740 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male81%
Black65%
Asian89%
Hispanic79%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)49%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female88%
Male82%
Black72%
Asian90%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female53%
Male67%
Black31%
Asian86%
Hispanic53%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
Black95%
Asian98%
Hispanic94%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)85%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Black 5% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Allentown, PA 18104
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