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Lower Merion School District

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Curriculum

Students assist a member of the LMSD Operations department in planting flowers at one of the district's facilities.

From kindergarteners' first field trips to a local arboretum to experience nature first-hand (Project Change) to our high schools' unique curricular offerings (Meteorology, Geology, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture & Horticulture), students engage in a variety of learning opportunities related to environmental sustainability. Many students choose to extend their learning beyond the school day, through environmental clubs and service projects.

  • AP Environmental Science is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course utilizing an interdisciplinary approach combining elements of earth science, biology and chemistry to understand interrelationships within the natural world.
  • Landscape Architecture/Horticulture is the art of planning the appropriate use of land and designing the built environment based on an understanding of natural and cultural site characteristics, human need, and sound artistic and technical competence. Horticulture deals with the creation, production, and distribution of fruit, vegetable, ornamental greenhouse, turf and specialty crops.
  • The LMSD Go Green Challenge, held in conjunction with District's first-ever Sustainability Expo (highlighting green careers and sustainable lifestyles), challenged high school students to develop and execute the most innovative idea to address an environmental concern in our community. Ideas included rain barrels, a cafeteria recycling program and a system of community gardens in Narberth and Lower Merion.
  • Organic vegetable gardens have been established at Cynwyd, Penn Valley, Welsh Valley, Lower Merion and Harriton and serve as a teaching tool, providing students with hands-on learning experiences and collaborative learning opportunities across disciplines and schools.
  • The Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council recently awarded Penn Valley Elementary School the 2012 "Go for the Green" Educational Award, recognizing Penn Valley's focus on sustainability and school-wide efforts to make the Lower Merion community a better place for future generations.