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
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.
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
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
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
National, state, regional
and district excellence in basketball, tennis, soccer, track & field,
lacrosse, crew, cross country and ultimate Frisbee.