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Founded: 1834
Communities Served: Lower Merion Township & Borough of Narberth
2016-17 Enrollment: 8,382
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Length of School Year: 182 Days
Number of Schools: 10

School Enrollments


Elementary Schools
Belmont Hills 485
Cynwyd 547
Gladwyne 731
Merion 611
Penn Valley 667
Penn Wynne 738

Middle Schools
Bala Cynwyd 915
Welsh Valley 1,018

High Schools
Harriton 1,230
Lower Merion 1,440

Student Demographics

Students of Color: 26.51%

  • 9.72% Asian
  • 7.52% Black/African-American
  • < 0.1% Native American
  • 4.43% Hispanic
  • 4.74% Multi-Racial

Free & Reduced Lunch: 11.3%
ELL Languages: 23
Special Education: 13.1%

Class Size Targets*

Elementary: K (20), 1-2 (22), 3 (23) 4-5 (25)
Middle School: 25
High School: 25
*Board-established guidelines for class size maximums. Numbers do not reflect actual average class sizes.

Standardized Testing

SAT Mean Scores: Math 602 , Critical Reading 559, Writing: 588
ACT Mean Scores: 27.3

Budget

Annual Budget: $213M
Tax Impact (Equalized Mills): 14.0
Bond Rating: AAA (Moody's)

Affiliations & Memberships:

The College Board, Educational Records Bureau, American School Counselor Association, Pennsylvania School Counselors Association, National Association for College Admissions Counseling, Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, Delaware Valley Minority Student Achievement Consortium, Central Athletic League, Continental Athletic League, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Notable Alumni:

  • Charles "Chief" Anderson (LM 1924) - "Father of Black Aviation," lead instructor of Tuskegee Airmen
  • Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold (LM 1903) - Army General and founding father of the United States Air Force
  • Chuck Barris (LM 1947) - TV writer/producer; Created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show
  • Julius W. Becton Jr. (LM 1944) - Army General, Director of FEMA, and CEO of the Washington, DC public schools
  • James Billington (LM 1946) - Librarian of Congress; Presidential Medal of Honor recipient
  • Kobe Bryant (LM 1996) - NBA MVP, U.S. Olympian and member of the Los Angeles Lakers
  • David Crane (HH 1975) - Emmy-award winning TV writer/producer/director, creator of "Friends"
  • Kenneth Derr (LM 1954) - Former Chairman and CEO of Chevron
  • Robert Fagles (LM 1951) - Princeton professor, poet, academic; Academy Award and National Book Award winner
  • Bobbito Garcia (LM 1984) - Founder of Bounce Magazine; DJ/writer/producer/ESPN television host
  • Cherie Greer (HH 1990) - Member of the US National Lacrosse Team, U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (LM 1942) - U.S. Secretary of State, decorated Army General
  • Adena Halpern (HH 1987) - Best-selling author and magazine columnist
  • Marshall Herskovitz (LM 1969) - Emmy-award winning writer/director/producer
  • Andy Hertzfeld (HH 1971) - Personal computing pioneer, member of the original Apple Macintosh design team
  • Wendell F. Holland (LM 1970) - Chairman of the PA Public Utility Commission
  • Susan Kare (HH 1971) - Graphic designer and originator of icons and typefaces for Apple Computer
  • Gerald Levin (LM 1956) - Former Chairman and CEO of Time Warner
  • Nancy Meyers (LM 1967) - Hollywood producer/director/writer; Father of the Bride, Something's Gotta Give
  • Lynda Resnick (HH 1960) - President/CEO Roll International Corporation (POM Wonderful, Fiji Water, Teleflora)
  • Bonnie Rosen (HH 1988) - Gold-medal lacrosse star for US National Team; Temple women's lacrosse coach
  • Michael Rosenfeld (LM 1952) - Co-Founder of Creative Artists of America (CAA)
  • Lisa Scottoline (LM 1973) - New York Times bestselling author
  • Behnaz Sarafpour (LM 1987) - Fashion designer to the stars; Golden Thimble winner; CFDA member
  • Alec Scheiner (LM 1988) - President of the Cleveland Browns
  • Alon Shaya (HH 1997) - Award-winning chef; James Beard Award winner (Best Chef, Best New Restaurant)
  • Lynn Sherr (LM 1959) - ABC News, 20/20 Correspondent
  • Jay Sigel (LM 1961) - Professional PGA golfer; 2-time US Amateur Champion
  • Lawrence Summers (HH 1972) - President of Harvard University, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
  • Arn Tellem (HH 1972) - Sports agent named "One of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business"
  • Farnoosh Torabi (HH 1998) - Award-winning journalist, author, tv personality and personal finance expert