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9-12
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Allentown, PA
Students enrolled: 2,842

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126 North 17th St
Allentown, PA 18104

(484) 765-5001
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February 13, 2014
this schools need more attention then others think. I'm a senior there and i play sports, sing and i volunteer when i can. as a school in general its not a school at all no bonding is done there many "GROUPS" who just stay together and that's it. for sports i would say we are ok but from others schools views we suck i did soccer this year and got two coaches who nevered played soccer it dosen't make sense. and the teammates don't know anything and all we did was argue. now teaching i've had couple amazing teachers and horrible teacher who are a waste in my time and others. higher racked school offices don't understand what we are being taught we are lowest ranking school in the state for a reason and they think if they make it easier we'll pass but its worse people just don't care because ITS TOO EASY. the school just enforced a uniform policy and its really stupid it was decided if we look better we will do better and that is LIES it just made many poverty students go and buy almost expensive pants and polo, if you notice 37 percent of Allentown is in poverty. I just wished these "Officials" would try to understand its the student who make the school and break it.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2011
i am senior this year at allen. sports vary in talent overall sport wise we're good, but not great, were ok especially in boys basketball, field hockey, swimming, and track. we're inproving in lacrosse though. academics are alright. depending on what class you take, it could be really really easy one period, then you could go to a class where it's very difficult to pass any of the tests. with students we need more positive attitudes, and manners. our activities are good, the arts is SPECTACULAR, especially our chorale, chorus, and theater program. students generally dont care and skip classes, but thats gonna have to change. our new principals are actually nicer than anyone thinks, they've attended our construction company meetings. the main concern i have though is student motivation to learn and get intoc activities they are interested in. the school is kind of dirty though. our fountains usually have gum and garbage in them. my overall view is ok. we have spirt i'd give you that. some teachers dont really teach and when it comes to a test the students have no clue what they're doing.

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2009
Excellent diversity of opportunities. Well educated & very caring instructors truly enhance student motivation. (Once academically rated # 4 in nation. Students defensively complain, 'to much negative publicity.' A fight here & there isn't bad for over 3,000 students)!! Funds needed.

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September 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2009
great my son go there the teacher care for the kids like if there were there own

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
As a former student at Allen I can personally say that that school is great. The teachers are cool and they care. Of course its a big school and theres always a kid who doesn't want to be there, but thats in every school. Allen is a great school that has lots of extracurriclums and offer alot of AP abd rigorous courses and awesome electives for students. I loved it there. And enjoyed my teachers and fellow classmates.

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February 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 28, 2009
I am currently a student at Allen, and when I tell people this they always respond saying how awful it is. In reality, it's not as bad of a school as most people think. Yes, Allen has its fair share of problems, but you can find the school is actually pretty good. People only think of the school poorly because they are only shown the bad things. Allen has an outstanding theatre program, a variety of clubs and activities, and many honors and AP courses to choose from. The principal is involved and most of the teachers are great. Students who are willing to work hard have excellent opportunities at this school. You will have a good experience if you avoid fights and students who are bad influences. Overall, I d say the school is pretty good. I love it, and I couldn t picture myself going to another school. Go Canaries!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 04, 2008
As a parent of a student at Allen I have a few concerns, although my child does very well academic wise on her own I am concerned about some of the teaching skills that the teachers have. My child goes there everyday with hopes of doing well she trys with everything inside her with a 4.2 grade average she tells me alot of stories about how some of these teachers do there job and how they act and some of them are not on a adult level. As for the school itself she just handles it and stays out of the riff raff that goes on as for now she has anyway. But my main concern is how well there being taught especially if they want to learn. Overall I believe that Allen is a decent school like any other school has room for improvemnets.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
Some might say that they do not get challenged enough, then talk to your guidance counselor or even teacher and they can do something about it. Yes, the school is overcrowded and there are always people standing in the way to talk to each other but all you have to do is keep walking. All these fights and such, all you have to do to avoid such things is not to spark anything off. Just concentrate on your friends and your life and if they say something about you, just brush it off and i bet nothing will happen. And while security sometimes don't do their jobs and not keeping everything fair, they still are good when they need to. But overall it is a good school to attend. Go Allen!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 31, 2008
W. Allen is a tough inner city school it's true but it is also the home of many hard working teachers who really do care about the students. It is a much safer and less violent place than many other large city schools. The problems are with funding and the building. It's hard to give a first class education in a 3rd rate building. The old building, much of which is over 100 years old, is in bad shape. The classrooms are poor places to try to learn when there is no flooring (tile or carpet) no ceilings, paint pealing everywhere, old blackboards that are hard to write on, and no projection screens in many rooms. Our kids come from poor households with most on the free or reduced price lunch program funded by the state. Many from other countries, a large percentage of whom do not speak english.

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October 09, 2008
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September 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 06, 2008
Im now a senior at allen and I think its a good school because I came from ny and the schools their arer horrible compared to Allen I mean their are alot kids and the teachers can be an... Sometimes but its an reasonable school I mean if I had an child I would send him/her there but I would seriouslt keep my eyes on them because students in that school attend to influence other kids so you may be want to think twice!!!!

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2008
I attended Allen High School for my freshman year of high school. I loved it for my social life and met a lot of friends while attending there. When I moved going into my sophmore year, I started at a completely different school, and I started to learn more. Compared to other schools, this schools teachers are either terrible or just lacking knowledge. If you are planning to move near this high school, and you have a child that would attend Allen High School, reconsider if you want your child to succeed at life.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2008
I attended Allen for my freshman and sophomore years. I was in honors classes and received excellent grades without ever really trying. I was never challenged unless I challenged myself. It wasn't until I transferred to LVPA that I found out what it would really take to be a student, and it was that school that prepared me for my college success. If I had a child going here I would do everything I could to get them out. I have had too many teachers that were either lazy or stupid. My little sister is going there and she loves it for her social life but I really fear for her education. She gets good grades and takes the right classes but I fear that like most students in inner-city schools she is below-par and will be unprepared for college.

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February 20, 2008
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January 22, 2008
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December 29, 2007
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October 25, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 26, 2007
I love Allen! It's a great school. Sure it has it's bullies and mean teachers,but what school doesn't. I hate how the newspaper only puts the bad things,never the good things! Allen is a great school and I wouldn't change a thing! Go Canaries!

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 03, 2007
When I tell people I attend William Allen, it's extremely upsetting to see their reactions. There is hardly ever any good press on the wonderful things going on at Allen, leading many to think that the school has gone downhill. William Allen has challenged me academically, thanks to teachers at Allen who have impacted my learning in such a positive way. And there are so many fantastic programs to be involved with! While the hallways might be dirty, and the number of students at times overwhelming, I cannot imagine going to any other school. This school has the integrity, and I believe I am a better, more prepared young adult because of that. For those who left or criticize it, I feel sorry for them and all their missed opportunities.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2006
I was graduated from Wm. Allen in 2006, and my time spent there was the best. From stellar academics, an amazingly involved principal, a variety of clubs/activities, and a fantastic sports program, Allen shines. Some of my classmates are now attending highly ranked schools such as Dickinson, Yale, NYU, Drexel, Lafayette, and Lehigh. I am a current student at Bryn Mawr College and cannot praise this school enough. Despite its rough reputation, Allen is one heck of a high school. I would not have traded Allen for any other high school.

- submitted by a former student
September 25, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 13, 2006
I am a current student at allen high and in my opinion it is a great school. You are provided with what you need to know and you get many great chances to participate in other activities. It is a very wonderful experience to attend william allen high school

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May 16, 2006
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February 16, 2006
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November 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2005
I have two children at WAHS and they are extremely happy with their overall school experience. There is a great selection of honors/AP courses. Students who choose to work hard have excellent opportunities. WAHS has a fine arts academy with an award-winning theatre program. It's a huge school with a very diverse student body, and many of the students come from low-income families. Students who atttend this school seem to become quite comfortable with living in an ethnically diverse world. There are occasional problems with fighting, etc., but these problems rarely seem to affect students who aren't involved. My son and daughter feel quite safe. Many sports are available, and coaching is good.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2005
It is a great school and I love it. we are the best

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 20, 2005
They have great school lunch and extracurricular programs.

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June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2005
William Allen is, in my opinion, a horrible school. They care more about athletics than they do about the children's education. I was upset to see my daughter was using a social studies text book from the 80's. I also feel this school is very unsafe, I was always hearing about fights there. My child was even threatend as a freshman for wearing the same pants a junior was on the same day. Thankfully I managed to get her out of there, she is definitley being challenged now and more importantly feels safe and is much happier.

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May 12, 2005
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April 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 02, 2005
Academic programs are ok, if you get in them. Lists are high, and only a limited number of people (obviously) can get in. School is overcrowded and sometimes out of control.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2004
I think this good school. I think its fun. I hear people were havin fun on the stairs. i like it. i have problems!

- submitted by a staff
September 16, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2004
Removed my daughter from this school during 3rd quarter of her 9th grade year. When I saw trouble brewing asked guidance staff for help in dealing and was told she could fall either way and nothing they could do. She felt unsafe, harrased, and hated attending wich lead to not going. These teachers have too many students, and many are afraid of them. I was horrified at the dirty halls, old books and classrooms. This was not what I expected from my alma mater, something has got to change, look at the scores on this site, they speak for themselves. Move to the suburbs for a great education, that is so sad.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
I had a bad experience at this school. It is hard to walk the hallways and feel so unsafe. At Allen it is hard to get a good education. I switched to a different school and found the courses are harder and my once straight A's were now B's. I found I had to work harder. I was in honors and AP classes at Allen and still found it unchallenging. The teachers are to focused on themselves and couldn't care less about a students diverse learning methods. This school focuses alot on sports, which is quite prevalent in the PSSA scores. My textbook for history was from the 1970's, proving that maybe that new stadium was completely gratuitous. So yes, the top 5% of the class is good but when you attend this school it is not at all hard.

- submitted by a former student
no rating November 15, 2003
I am an alumni of AHS. This school provided me the the knowledge needed to meet my future goals. I am presently a teacher because of the role models at this school.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
I am the parent of a 2003 graduate of Allen High School. My daughter graduated in the top 5% of her class and is now attending Penn State University. She received a quality education in an ethnically diverse environment, and has many positive comments to make about the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I have had 3 children graduate from this school. My daughter attended a 4 yr college plus a graduate college. She also played sports in her 4 yr college. The teachers and coach played an important role in her education. My other 2 children did not apply themselves and live a regular daily life. They chose this and she chose an education. This school encourages students to go on but it is the student that decides what their life will be.

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August 25, 2003
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August 19, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
Current graduate that has nothing but good things to say about this school. A five-star quality education was available to those that wanted it. Peers from my class (2001) got accepted and attended colleges such as Muhlenberg College, Penn State, Lehigh, MIT, RPI, Harvard, Gettysburg, Drexel, Temple and many other fine instituions of higher learning. It just proves that these mandated tests prove nothing about school districts true performance. Oh, by the way, I attend a college where almost all the students were from private schools, paying in excess of 17,000 a year in tution for grades k-12. It just shows that students at this school are able to compete with ANY private school!!

- submitted by a former student
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William Allen High School
126 North 17th St, Allentown, PA  18104
(484) 765-5001
Last modified William Allen High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William Allen High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top