LMSD was Pennsylvania's first and one of only 14 school districts nationwide in the inaugural class of inductees to receive the U.S. Department of Education's prestigious Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award, selected for its exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education.
LMSD has been named one of the 2017-18 "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation honoring schools for exceptional efforts to maintain music education as part of the core curriculum and for the breadth and quality of the musical program. This is the eighth consecutive year LMSD has earned this distinction.
LMSD was named to the College Board's 8th Annual AP Honor Roll - a distinction awarded to districts that have opened the AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of applicants while improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. Last year, more than 86% of students at Harriton and Lower Merion scored either a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams.
U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Lower Merion and Harriton high schools among the best at both the state and national levels.
LMSD was featured in a Philadelphia Magazine report on the area's "Best Places to Raise Kids," highlighting the communities of Narberth and Wynnewood as magnets for young families due to their access to great public schools.
LMSD hosted their first-ever social justice conference organized by SAGE (Students Advocating for Gender Equality) focusing on expanding students' awareness of social injustices, differences and privilege, and inspiring them to act to make the world a better place.
Harriton Science Olympiad won their fourth consecutive state championship – their 20th in the last 21 years – and finished in third at the national competition. This marks Harriton's 25th consecutive top-ten finish and third top-three finish at nationals in as many years – the latter being a feat unmatched by any other team in the country.
Students representing LMSD's secondary schools won 30 top-ten awards, including five first-place finishes, at the Technology Student Association (TSA) National Conference.
LMSD students received local, state and national recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and were selected to Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Honor Ensembles.
The Lower Merion and Harriton buildOn clubs raised more than $170,000 throughout the year to construct a pair of schools during their life-changing service trips to Bisanpur, Nepal and San Pablo, Nicaragua. Since the program’s inception, buildOn students and staff have raised nearly $750,000 to construct ten schools in Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Malawi.
Last year, Lower Merion’s buildOn community team logged a record-breaking year of volunteerism as students recorded a club record of 12,474 hours of service.
All ten LMSD schools have been named "No Place for Hate" schools by the Anti-Defamation League, an initiative aimed at creating and sustaining inclusive school environments.
LMSD bus drivers captured first place in the 2018 Montgomery-Bucks School Bus Safety Competition, which challenges the knowledge and skills of drivers in a series of events focusing on student safety, driver professionalism and service excellence.
LMSD seniors once again earned admission to the finest colleges and universities in the nation, including all Ivy League universities and all of US News' top ten liberal arts colleges and national universities.
LMSD's Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program earned the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association's Merit Award, recognized for its outstanding contributions to world language, cultural awareness and innovation in FLES.
National, state, regional and district excellence in basketball, tennis, soccer, track & field, lacrosse, crew, cross country and ultimate Frisbee.