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Lower Merion School District


Points of Pride

  • Niche ranked LMSD as the #1 school district in Montgomery County, with the District and all ten of its schools receiving "A+" grades. Main Line Today ranked Lower Merion and Harriton as the #1 and #2 public high schools in Montgomery County.
  • 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 2020-21 "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 11th consecutive year LMSD has earned this honor.
  • All ten LMSD schools have recently earned "No Place for Hate" designations from 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.
  • LMSD was featured on Philadelphia Magazine's "Best Places to Raise Kids," list, 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.
  • Lower Merion High School Science Olympiad won the Pennsylvania State Science Olympiad Championship during the 2020-21 season finishing just ahead of Harriton High School, who claimed second place overall. LMSD schools claimed Pennsylvania's only two bids to the National Science Olympiad.
  • Harriton Science Olympiad won their fifth consecutive state championship in 2019-20 - their 21st in the last 22 years – and finished in third at the national competition. This marked Harriton's 26th consecutive top-ten finish and fourth top-three finish at nationals in as many years.
  • Penn Valley Elementary School won the 2020 “Go for the Green Education Award” from the Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council for the school’s efforts to plant a grove of native redbud trees on the school campus.
  • LMSD artists 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.
  • Lower Merion and Harriton buildOn clubs raised $180,000 throughout the year to help construct a pair of schools in 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.
  • Lower Merion High School’s Alex Zhang was named a top-300 scholar in the 80th Annual Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) – the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors.
  • 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.
  • National, state, regional and district excellence in basketball, crew, swimming, soccer, track & field, tennis, power lifting and squash.