School Details

Parkdale High School

6001 Good Luck Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737
(301) 513-5700

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2172 students 16 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Beginning with the class of 2009, students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Parkdale High School is a public high school in East Riverdale. 2,172 students attend Parkdale High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 14% of the Parkdale High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 66% of the 2,172 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Parkdale High School is 16:1. Margaret Brent Regional Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 48% 68%
Hispanic 42% 22%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Multiracial 0.6% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 58%
Limited English proficiency 14% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I feel as though Parkdale needs to clean the school more especially the bathrooms and hallways because it doesn't look representable to me but however it is a good school

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is honestly not that bad. You have to make the best out of it. For a parent to say it is horrible then they may not be pushing their child to take the extra step & make it a great experience.Our new principal has had former experience as a vice principal and is doing an amazing job.The IB program offers students in depth knowledge as well as the AP program. We also have Global Studies & a new Homeland Security Program.Parkdale is doing GREAT things.We've met with children from a boarding school in Kenya and are working to even sponsor them to study here.Many are finding out what they would like to do in higher level learning and are improving their grades.We have OUTSTANDING clubs such as Student Government Association and Robotics Club.If your child is having a hard time adapting to the school try enrolling them in after school clubs or meet up with their teachers. The school can not help to make your child feel more comfortable unless you call and see. There is always room for improvement but the school needs your input not only in what can be done better but that the parents and child are also taking steps to a comfortable environment. And this goes for ANY school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Really bad from all points of view. Do your "homework" and you will find out why.....

  • (4 years ago)

    Many things have changed at PHS with a new principal and administration staff they have insured our safety and reciving the best education that PG county has to offer. With outstanding AP and IB programs you are almost garanteed the best results. Though even the best schools have"riff raff" These students have a lack of home training and are only a few compared to the rest of the school. I believe the parents are the blame and you cannot expect teachers to do what should have already been done in the home. I love attending PHS!! And couldnt imagine going anywhere else. So NO Parkdale isnt a bad school maybe a bit overcrowded but a great place to learn. And about the temperature in the building... Bring a sweater for cold days. The building a bit old thats all. No you wont get abused by gangs beat up because your a freshman or forced to use any type of drug. No there arent metal dectors but yes there is security. Your safe!! Dont worry! If you come to school for the right reasons then you should have a wonderful experience. Congrats Class of 2011!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I don't know why people are always complaining about this school. It's not great but it's not bad. The IB Program and the AP classes offered are excellent. This school has the best IB Program in the state. Some of the teachers are savvy I agree with that. I think that a few of the teachers need to be more considerate and learn to how to show respect to their students. Overall this school has not disappointed me. There are many studious and intelligent students in this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is a freshman at Parkdale. We had not heard any good things about the school and were quite concerned. We are delighted with my son's progress. The school is safe the 9th grade academy is state of the art he loves his teachers and feels challenged. He has a good group of friends. The only rough spot is in the administration of the school but it seems that savvy teachers have found ways around that to communicate directly with students. I'm thrilled with the school!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is always coming home complaining about this school it's always too cold or too loud or the teacher's attitude are more devil-may-care than anything else. This school needs a definitely needs serious disciplinary readjustments and obviously the dress code isn't working as it should.

  • (6 years ago)

    I luv parkdale this scholl changed my attutude towards learning and the ajrotc team there is like a big family

  • (7 years ago)

    parkdale is home it can't get better than that. we start from dirt and build our school to the mountian that is it. out sports team especially soccer and softball try thier best. thanks MR. Ovatin and Mr. Watkins. Go parkdale panthers wooooo!!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    The students who are not in the IB program are not being challenged enough. There is not enough emphasis on reading and critically analyzing literary classics. And there are too few indepth projects and compositions required.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love the school but some classrooms are colder than others and sometimes its way to hot. Its my first year here and were eating in the main gym while thay fix up our cafeterira. The good thing is there making a building for all freshmens. the school is way over crowed.

  • (8 years ago)

    I went to parkdale from 1997 - 2001. I am glad uniforms are now the attire and parkdale is on the 8 period system. There are serious issues with students disrespecting adults and peers an attitude that is brought from home. One of the reasons talented teachers stay is to make a difference. Test scores are low. My PSAT was 850 in 10th grade but my SAT was 1320 in 12th. What makes the difference is a serious reading program as-early-as-possible/more rigorous math. I was fortunated to have teachers like Hearle who taught AP Chemistry Siglar who taugh AP Biology Knupp who taught AP Calculus Hart-Nibre who taught Advance French. Also an excellent football/track/wrestling teams. Nevertheless there are also unmotivated teachers. Students/parents must capitalize on parkdales' strengths; students could take AP courses from 11th grade onwards and eliminate a semester or more from college. For serious parents who want students to excel these strengths

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my 1st year as a parent at Parkdale and I believe that there should be more involvementfrom the parents community and our leaders. I have not had any major problems in the school as far but I've notice that the children has a lack of school spirit. What our school system needs is more teaches who really cares and doesn't wonder if 'that's included in my paycheck'. There's disrespect that goes on at Parkdale between the teachers coaches students and parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a mother of a student attending Parkdale and one that graduated from Parkdale I feel that it is a good school. I know that there is always room for improvement and that is why I encourage parents to take an active part in their child's education. Become involved! Visit the principal and have a chat with him/her. Visit the teachers when there is a problem or just go there to observe. My son was honor roll at Parkdale. He did four years at Howard University and will continue so that he can become a dentist. I am proud of Parksdale but like everything else they make mistakes. I would like to see them get buses for our children walking to school from the 62nd-70th Street or Place areas. Let us know who we can talk to to get this serious matter addressed. When my son attended there were buses.

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal seems to be uninvolved and quite unaffected by the troubles in the school. Kids are falling through the cracks left and right.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a parent that has children in this school there is no type of secure enviorment. And for the teachers who ignore what they see. YOU are responsible for everything that goes on. Especially when you don't notify responsible parents.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am writing here though I am not a parent. I am the School Testing Coordinator. Some friends have rated our principal in a way that does not do him justice. He is one of the most enlightened educator with whom I have worked exhibiting a vision for improvement evidenced in the offering of opportunities to both students and staff to raise their performance level. I know very few leaders who will respect their wards or staff in their pathway choices as our principal. In addition our principal is compassionate caring for more than 50 CRI and Ortho students. He has set in motion a school-wide Improvement Plan that is well in place and starting to kick in. Test based we are suffering but growth based we are improving. Our school is slowly but surely becoming a great school! We shall overcome!

  • (9 years ago)

    I went to parkdale and there is MUCH room for improvement. Some teachers are good but overall they're pretty shabby. Supervision is a joke. You wouldn't believe all the things students get away with there. There are over-crowded classes and not enough attention. It seemed as though no one cared.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is now in the 11th grade at this school. I must say the teachers he had in the 9th grade were unspeakably dynamic. He had a difficult time turning into a teen and taking that step from middle to high but they were on target with him and offer help to him and me. The 10th was also a good year with good teachers. I hate to see some of the teachers retiring. I do think that parents who have problems with teachers need to go the extra mile for their child in an adult manner. I only had one problem and one teacher involved. The principle and the counselor did listen and followed up. I appreciate that. With the demographics rapidly changing I feel the school is atleast average. We as parents could make it better. Call your state leaders to give teachers what they need.

  • (10 years ago)

    I go to Parkdale currently and it is a decent school. It's not the best but it can get better especialy with the great teachers. You grow to love it.

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