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
- Teachers 610
- Paraprofessionals/Teaching Asst. 185
- Administrators 60
- Non-Instructional Employees 459
Total Personnel 1,311
2014-15 School Budget – $152.2 million
2014-15 Teacher Starting Salary
- $50,003 Bachelor’s
- $58,066 Master’s
% 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.
SAT Results for the Class of 2014
77% of the Class of 2014 took the SAT1
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP TEST
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.
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.
- 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.
- Parkland state rank for academic growth:
Grade 4-8 Math 47 out of 631 Top 7%
Grade 4-8 Reading 3 out of 631 Top 1%
Algebra I 87 out of 580 Top 15%
Biology 245 out of 556 Top 44%
Literature 12 out of 525 Top 2%
PSD SCHOOL PROFILES
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