My daughter is currently a 10th grader at Parkland High School. I couldn't be happier. The amount of opportunity in this school, in terms of academics and extracurricular activities, is unmatched in this region. One warning there are big differences between academic levels given that Parkland has a traditional tracking system. If your child gets tracked at a lower level early on then it is hard to switch to a higher level later on. At the same time it does not have the capacity to push every child who lacks motivation when they are small. I had to push my daughter myself when she was little and I found myself up against a school philosophy that was against pushing. When I told my child that she needed to take the higher level courses in middle school she would say "why, my teachers are saying I can take the regular classes and that is fine." This was frustrating. Thankfully I did push her and now she is entirely self motivated, takes the highest level courses, earns As and is very proud and happy. But if I hadn't done interventions along the way and pushed her early on she definitely would have been tracked at a lower level and her opportunities for college would have been different. In terms of the size of Parkland I was initially apprehensive but the benefit my daughter sees in this is the semi-degree of anonymity one feels on a daily basis along with the ability to have one's own group of friends and not be judged by a dominant "popular" crowd. There are too many kids in this school for there to be a particular popular clique that everyone gets compared to. It is a big school environment with many small schools within it. Interaction with teachers, coaches, counselors, advisors is wonderful, they are all responsive to both her and me. Parkland uses the Columbia Teachers College curriculum. Additionally, I am happy that my daughter goes to a good public school that is more social/racially/ethnically diverse than the overwhelming majority of suburban public schools in the Northeast. My daughter is not all-white herself and I did a lot of research (prior to her joining the district in first grade) to identify a high performing school district where she would not be the only non-white kid. Today she has a diverse set of friends and interacts daily with kids from different religious, national, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Parkland Senior high school is a group of about 100 well accomplished students surrounded by thousands of other students. Out of the accomplished students, Parkland this year is sending VEX team to World level, is sending 32 to PJAS states, and has sent at least 10 this year to a state music ensemble. Not to mention State Volleyball team. However, many of these students get smart on their own, without the aid of teachers. This is a perfect school if you are ready for less-guided studying. If you need the help of a teacher a lot, look elsewhere.
Parkland High School is an outstanding school. There is a wide range of academic classes for many different levels of students. The music and theater programs have won awards. The volleyball, football, and swimming teams have won state championships. My daughter is taking PLTW (project lead the way classes) in aerospace engineering and CIM (computer integrated manufacturing). Last years Vex robotics competition had a parkland robot at the worlds level. I would recommend the school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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