Parkland Senior High School in South Whitehall Township, PA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    3,109
  • Type
    Public
  • Reviews
    434 3.8
  • Ranking

Parkland Senior High School is a public school in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania. It has 3,109 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 80% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 434 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd
Allentown, PA 18104
(610) 351-5600

Ratings and Reviews
3.8 from 434 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I think the academics aspect of this school is really great. The teachers were very good with students, also. Although, I found the school to not be big enough for the whole student body, leading to crowded hallways. Also, there are a lot of cliques at this school.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Towards the end of the year, many students stop going to the meetings
    • High School Sophomore
    • 5
    Teachers: All of the teachers are really nice to the students. Most of them did a good job teaching. Overall the classes are very vigor. There are different levels of classes for students to choose too, and even more interesting classes.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: That is one thing both like and hate about my school. There are many clubs, way too many clubs, I can not even thing one to start, and that is the only reason I rate the extracurricular opportunities 4 stars XD. The quality of the club really depends. I tried most of them, the smaller ones is easier to fit in. The larger ones are more fun (the more the merrier). But there are clubs that are unorganized. Most of the club are fun, gives people opportunities, and really builds ones leadership. There are technology related where you can build robots, do science fair. If you are a art person, Parkland has art related clubs too. Sports team, writing, reading, volunteering, or even gaming! I think parkland have way too many opportunities. For example, I really like the engineering club, and I stayed every day after school and even the weekends to work on the robot. The club members go to different places for competitions. I learned the technics and teamwork.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Many students have complained about Parkland, for whatever personal reasons they may have. Perhaps the size was intimidating, or they didn't make good friendships, most likely. However, I can say confidently that I made a good high school experience for myself by staying out of trouble and making good friendships, and being social with everybody. I enjoyed the athletic events a lot, and will cherish my classes with some of my favorite teachers, such as my junior year English teacher. My biggest regret, and the only reason I would ever want to start over, is to increase my grade point average and immerse myself in classes and clubs a little bit more. I think Parkland is a great school and will continue to be a great school. I am happy, looking back on the years that I have spent there.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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3.00 Northampton Area High School 4 mi. 1,728
1.66 William Allen High School 4 mi. 2,842
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3.66 Emmaus High School 8 mi. 2,546
3.00 Liberty High School 9 mi. 2,788

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Male 52%
Female 47%

Student Diversity

Parkland Senior High School United States Emmaus High School Liberty High School Louis E. Dieruff High School Northampton Area High School William Allen High School
White 80.0% 51.6% 83.0% 49.0% 17.0% 92.0% 15.0%
Asian 7.0% 4.7% 5.0% 2.0% 1.0% 0% 2.0%
Hispanic 6.0% 24.5% 7.0% 35.0% 65.0% 4.0% 62.0%
African American 4.0% 15.2% 3.0% 12.0% 14.0% 1.0% 19.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.6% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 25.2%
Grade 10 25.5%
Grade 11 25.2%
Grade 12 24.1%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 42 responses

  • 81% Yes
  • 14% Not sure.
  • 5% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 34 responses

  • 26% The education is good.
  • 20% You can meet so many new people
  • 20% The arts and athletic departments are skilled.
  • 10% Fun events
  • 8% School spirit
  • 7% Our arts and athletics are stellar
  • 6% You can challenge yourself academically
  • 3% Competition forces you to work

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 22% Hallways are crowded
  • 21% I didn't know half the people in my class
  • 18% There's a lot of people.
  • 9% Many teachers don't care about their jobs.
  • 9% There's really no healthy food options.
  • 9% Administration favors reputation over academics.
  • 6% You're good, you probably still not top 20
  • 4% Horrible Stereotypes
  • 1% Overly-competitive
  • 1% Peer Pressure
  • 1% Not enough one-on-one with teachers, too many kids

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 34 responses

  • 32% Wide variety of classes at a multitude of levels
  • 29% It's really really big.
  • 18% It fits the top 3
  • 18% Well known for its excellent academics
  • 3% Great teachers

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 32 responses

  • 38% Full of opportunity
  • 19% It's huge
  • 12% It's what you make it
  • 9% Privileged
  • 6% Mob Scene
  • 6% Above and beyond
  • 6% Challenging
  • 3% Corrupt

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 58% Get involved
  • 15% Find a place or get lost in the masses.
  • 12% Be yourself. Do your thing. Succeed.
  • 9% Find a teacher that will be there for you
  • 6% The top 3 and be sure to get lost!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 12% I love everything about this school.
  • 65% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 24% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.