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Lower Merion School District


Points of Pride

  • Harriton Science OlympiadLMSD 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 2016-17 "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 seventh consecutive year LMSD has earned this distinction.
  • LMSD was named to the College Board's 7th 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.
  • Harriton and Lower Merion were named among “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by The Washington Post, ranking schools that best challenge students to reach their full potential through college-level tests.
  • LMSD was named one of “America's 100 Best Communities for Young People” by America's Promise Alliance for exemplary initiatives to help young people achieve success, highlighting "the community's dedication to supporting the social and emotional needs of its youth."
  • 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 was the only district with two of the region's five "best public high schools" for college and career prep in a report by Philadelphia Business Journal.
  • LMSD hosted the fourth annual Girls Empowerment Conference to address gender inequality in politics and business; discrimination against people of color, the LGBTQ community and other minorities; preventing dating violence; and strengthening skills in technology, negotiations and financial literacy.
  • Harriton Science Olympiad won its 19th state title in the last 20 years at the 2017 State Competition and finished second overall at the National Science Olympiad held at Wright State University.
  • During the past eight years, 501 LMSD seniors - representing an average of nearly 12% of each graduating class - have been recognized through the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • The Lower Merion and Harriton buildOn clubs raised more than $150,000 throughout the school year to construct a pair of schools during their life-changing service trips to La Civette and Robert Platon, Haiti.
  • Lower Merion’s buildOn community team logged a record-breaking year of service as 308 students recorded more than 12,000 hours of service through 111 service projects during the 2016-17 school year.
  • LMHS artists brought home an impressive 22 awards across a variety of mediums and categories in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest, while Harriton was well-represented at the 30th Annual Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) "Touch the Future" Art Show as 22 students had their pieces selected into the juried competition, including Charlotte Perin, who took top honors with the “Best in Show” award.
  • 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 2017 Montgomery-Bucks School Bus Safety Competition.
  • 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, and cross country.