District Profile

Overview: The Parkland School District is located in a suburban-rural setting approximately 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles west of New York City in the semi-metropolitan region known as the Lehigh Valley. The regional population is approximately 600,000 including Allentown, the third largest city in Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Valley International Airport, Interstate 78 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike have attracted numerous industries and commercial businesses to the Lehigh Valley. Within a radius of twenty five miles there are ten degree-granting colleges and universities; they are: Lehigh Carbon and Northampton Community Colleges, DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Kutztown University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Penn State University – Lehigh Valley and Muhlenberg College.

The 72 square miles of the Parkland School District encompass three townships – North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie – with a total population of approximately 50,000. The district’s wide socio-economic range results from its bordering the city of Allentown on the southeast and extending to farmlands at the western and northern extremities.

SCHOOL DISTRICT ENROLLMENT (2014-15) 

  •  Parkland High School  –  3,194
  •  Orefield Middle School   –  1,012
  •  Springhouse Middle School  – 1,234
  •  Cetronia Elementary School  –  516
  •  Fogelsville Elementary School  – 552
  •  Ironton Elementary School  – 383
  •  Fred J. Jaindl            –          641
  •  Kernsville Elementary School  –  446
  • Kratzer Elementary School   –  389
  • Parkway Manor Elementary School  –  458
  • Schnecksville Elementary School  –  381

Total students K-12   9,176

DISTRICT PERSONNEL

  • Teachers    610
  • Paraprofessionals/Teaching Asst.   185
  • Administrators      60
  • Non-Instructional Employees    459

Total Personnel 1,311

DISTRICT NUMBERS

2014-15 School Budget – $152.2 million

2014-15 Teacher Starting Salary

  • $50,003 Bachelor’s
  • $58,066 Master’s

STUDENT DATA

% Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch: 20%
% Receiving Special Education Services: 16%
% Receiving Gifted Education Services: 8%
Diversity of Student Body: 72% White, 11% Hispanic, 4% African American, 10% Asian, 3% all others.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

SAT Results for the Class of 2014

77% of the Class of 2014 took the SAT1

CRITICAL
READING
MATH WRITING TOTAL
Parkland Mean 531 547 542 1620
State Mean 480 504 497 1481
National Mean 487 513 497 1497

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP TEST

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.

CLASS FINALIST SEMIFINALIST COMMENDED
2015 N/A 10 18
2014 11 11 21
2013 11 11 17

ADVANCED PLACEMENTprofile_post

Parkland offers 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses as part of the high school curriculum. In 2014, 85% of the 657 AP tests taken achieved a score of a three or higher.  These scores allow students to be eligible to receive college credit for the equivalent course at one of more than 2,900 colleges nationwide.  In 2013, Parkland School District made the College Board’s Annual AP District Honor Roll — a list of less than 500 districts across the U.S. and Canada who are honored for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

2014 SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROFILE (SPP)

The new SPP grading system takes into account attendance, participation in standardized tests, standardized test  results in science, math, reading and writing, number and degree of rigorous course offerings, and graduation rates as well as student growth toward proficiency.

SPP Highlights

  • All Parkland schools exceeded a score of 80 and seven schools exceeded 90.
  • Fred J. Jaindl Elementary and Springhouse Middle Schools received a 100% for making academic growth in the areas of math, reading, science and writing.
  • All Parkland schools met or exceeded an attendance rate of 94%.
  • PHS continues to excel with a 94.21% graduation rate.

PSD SCHOOL PROFILES

 Achievement  Growth
School Academic Score* Math/Alg Reading Science Writing Grade 3 Reading Math/Alg Reading Science Writing
Cetronia 91.7 88.41 81.52 96.04 84.62 83.53 78 96 91 100
Fogelsville 95.1 88.93 83.21 100 91.57 76.52 92 100 100 98
Ironton 84.7 82.93 75.98 91.67 88.89 73.77 78 75 78 100
Jaindl 97.3 89.94 83.96 91.89 93.27 91.18 100 100 100 100
Kernsville 86.4 88.70 82.17 92.31 82.35 84.06 74 71 100 97
Kratzer 83.2 83.76 74.11 79.41 83.56 73.21 69 100 75 100
Parkway Manor 91.3 90.16 83.61 87.34 91.11 89.04 93 95 89 100
Schnecksville 91.1 85.71 82.30 100 89.19 80.95 74 81 100 100
OMS 89.3 85.84 82.89 73.37 89.57 82 99 100 100
SMS 96.3 89.94 86.16 79.44 95.50 100 100 100 100
PHS 90.9 86.47 93.44 74.76 71 100 88