Community

Hello and welcome to the Parkland School District. 

 The Parkland School District is located in the semi-metropolitan region known as the Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania is made up Lehigh and Northampton counties and is home to the three cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, as well as numerous townships and boroughs. With more than half-a-million residents, it is the third largest metro region in the state. The Lehigh Valley is so named because it comprises an actual valley that lies between two large Pennsylvania mountain ranges, Blue Mountain to the north and South Mountain to the south.

All within a 2-hour drive is New York City (approximately 80 miles east), Philadelphia (60 miles south), the Pocono Mountains (60 miles north) and the New Jersey Shore.   Popular local attractions include art museums and galleries, sporting events, historical sites, wineries, zoos, and walking, hiking and biking trails.

 The Lehigh Valley International Airport, Interstate 78 and the Pennsylvania
Turnpike have attracted numerous industries and commercial businesses to the Lehigh Valley. With six major institutions of higher learning – DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College – the Lehigh Valley maintains a strong commitment to educational excellence.

 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. Parkland School District’s major employers are Air Products, PPL Utilities, and Dorney Park.  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.

 In terms of school districts, Parkland is a large school district in Pennsylvania.  Out of 500 school districts, Parkland ranks 20th in size.  Parkland has one of the largest high schools in the state of PA.  With a plethora of resources, there is a vast list of course offerings and many programs to get involved in.  I invite you to peruse the high school’s course selection offerings at http://www.parklandsd.org/wp-content/uploads/hs_course_selection.pdf to view the scope of our curriculum. Because of our size and resources, our athletic programs are very strong and we have top notch athletic facilities on site at our high school which was built and opened in 1999. 

 Some helpful web sites that give more information about the Lehigh Valley include the following:

 Major daily newspaper:  The Morning Call  www.mcall.com

Lehigh County:  http://www.lehighcounty.org

Lehigh Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau:  http://www.lehighvalleypa.org/

 At any time, please feel free to contact our Office of Community and Public Relations with questions or for more information at (610)351-5630.