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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 (2013-14) 

  •  Parkland High School  -  3,147
  •  Orefield Middle School   -  1,069
  •  Springhouse Middle School  – 1,208
  •  Cetronia Elementary School  -  521
  •  Fogelsville Elementary School  – 546
  •  Ironton Elementary School  – 384
  •  Fred J. Jaindl            –          630
  •  Kernsville Elementary School  -  422
  • Kratzer Elementary School   -  399
  • Parkway Manor Elementary School  -  458
  • Schnecksville Elementary School  -  407

Total students K-12   9,191

DISTRICT PERSONNEL

  • Teachers    598
  • Paraprofessionals/Teaching Asst.    131
  • Administrators      59
  • Non-Instructional Employees    523

Total Personnel 1,311

DISTRICT NUMBERS

2013-14 School Budget – $143.6 million

2013-14 Teacher Starting Salary

  • $49,921 Bachelor’s
  •  $57,230 Master’s

STUDENT DATA

% Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch: 18.2%
% Receiving Special Education Services: 15%

% Receiving Gifted Education Services:   8%
Diversity of Student Body:  74% White, 10% Hispanic, 4% African American, 10% Asian/Pacific Islander, 2%  all others.

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

SAT Results for the Class of 2013

77% of the Class of 2013 took the SAT1

CRITICAL
READING
MATH WRITING TOTAL
Parkland Mean 536 543 532 1611
State Mean 494 504 482 1480
National Mean 496 514 488 1498

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP TEST

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

CLASS FINALIST SEMIFINALIST COMMENDED
2014 N/A 11 21
2013 11 11 17
2012 15 8 7

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Parkland offers 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses as part of the high school curriculum. In 2013, 86% of the 594 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. This year, Parkland School District made the College Board’s 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll — a list of 477 districts across the U.S. and Canada being 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.

2013 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 four schools exceeded 90.
  • Fred J. Jaindl was named a Reward School—High Progress for demonstrating significant progress for students at every grade level that was among the top 5% of Title I schools in Pennsylvania.
  • All Parkland schools met or exceeded an attendance rate of 95%.
  • PHS continues to excel with a 94.4% graduation rate.

PSD SCHOOL PROFILES

Achievement Growth
School Academic Score* Math/Alg Reading Science Writing Grade 3 Reading Math/Alg Reading Science Writing
Cetronia 88.6 83.74 77.85 86.46 82.35 83.15 90 72 100 100
Fogelsville 92.4 92.56 83.4 94.87 89.87 86.75 92 73 100 100
Ironton 82.0 81.28 78.44 88.31 84.51 89.55 55 73 72 100
Jaindl 93.1 85.17 80.44 89.22 82.52 77.68 100 100 100 100
Kernsville 81.0 80.57 80.97 95.38 74.74 87.06 50 67 79 95
Kratzer 86.2 81.25 76.96 90.91 84.38 82.26 91 74 76 100
Parkway Manor 88.3 87.07 82.13 93.97 86.73 85.19 78 84 79 100
Schnecksville 83.9 84.65 73.25 93.24 73.42 86.67 64 86 100 74
OMS 91.8 88.85 81.23 75.69 93.92 92.5 86 100 100
SMS 94.1 89.38 85.07 77.54 94.00 94.75 96 100 100
PHS 83.1 79.87 90.84 50.71 50 100 87