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Lower Merion School District


Points of Pride

  • 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 was named among the 2020 "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 program. This is the 10th  consecutive year LMSD has earned this honor.
  • 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.
  • U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Lower Merion and Harriton high schools among the best at both the state and national levels.
  • Lower Merion and Harriton high schools ranked #1 and #2 in the state among non-admission-based schools on the ACT exam and in the top 1.5% of schools in the state in the SAT exam
  • 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 the WOKE (Wisdom, Opportunity, Knowledge, Empowerment) Conference as students learned how to use their voices to bring about change on a variety of issues including LGBTQ and Disability Rights, Feminism, Masculinity, Cultural Proficiency, Gun Violence and more. 
  • Harriton Science Olympiad won their fifth consecutive state championship – their 21st in the last 22  years – and finished in third at the national competition. This marks Harriton's 26th consecutive top-ten finish and fourth top-three finish at nationals in as many years.
  • 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 $180,000 throughout the year to construct a pair of schools during their life-changing service trips to Balbhadrapur and Thapapur, Nepal. Since the program’s inception, buildOn students and staff have raised roughly $900,000 to construct 12 schools in Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Malawi.
  • Harriton and Lower Merion’s “Dr. Harriton” and “Amazing Ace” talent shows raised more than $65,000 for various charities and initiatives.
  • Welsh Valley Technology Student Association (TSA) recorded 44 total wins – the most of any team – at this year’s State Conference, including 11 state titles in both team and individual events.
  • Lower Merion’s buildOn community team logged another incredible year of volunteerism as students recorded  more than 11,000 hours of service  through a variety of projects in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  • LMSD bus drivers captured first place in the 2019 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.
  • Harriton’s Samuel Weissman won second place in the Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition and $175,000 in prize money for his innovative research on HIV cells.
  • LMSD was well-represented in the 2019 National Latin Exam (NLE) sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League as 159 students from Harriton and Lower Merion high schools were recognized for their exemplary performance across all levels of the assessment.
  • National, state, regional and district excellence in basketball, crew, swimming, soccer, track & field, tennis, power lifting and squash.