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Bala Cynwyd Middle School


Mission and Values

LMSD Mission

Committed to excellence and continuous improvements, the Lower Merion School district strives to ensure that all students achieve their highest level of critical thinking and creativity, that they value themselves and the diversity of others, and that they are knowledgeable, contributing citizens capable of excelling in a rapidly changing world.

This is accomplished by individuals engaging in innovative, active experiences tailored to myriad ways of learning and in partnership with our community.

LMSD Vision

Students are our reason for being. We create an environment designed to fulfill the individual learning needs and aspirations of each student. LMSD develops active partnerships at all levels of our learning community and values the individual contribution of each member.

We view learning as a dynamic, innovative collaboration. Individuals learn best when their hearts, minds, and spirits are intimately engaged in the learning process.

Enter to learn. Go forth to serve.

LMSD Shared Values

  • All people have equal intrinsic worth.
  • People learn in different ways and at different rates.
  • Each person bears responsibility for the well-being of society and the quality of the environment
  • Learning occurs everywhere and is a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, truth, and wisdom.
  • High quality public education directly benefits the entire community and is essential for a democratic society.
  • The responsibility for learning rests primarily with the individual; however, education is the shared responsibility of the student, home and family, school, and the entire community.
  • Individuals learn best when actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Excellence demands sustained effort.
  • All individuals can be successful learners.
  • High expectations yield high results.
  • Society benefits when individual rights are balanced with social responsibility
  • Ethical conduct is essential to the quality of life.

LMSD Equal Opportunity Policy

The Bala Cynwyd Middle School fully supports Lower Merion School District’s “Equal Opportunity Program for School and Classroom Practices” (Board Policy No. 103).

If you suspect any discrimination based on handicap/disability, race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, or national origin, please contact the building principal immediately.

LMSD Board of Directors

Dr. Kerry Sautner

Board President

Melanie Schafmeister

Vice President

Kimberly Garrison

Board Member

Jason Herman

Board Member

Shayna Kalish

Board Member

Dr. Todd Ridky

Board Member

Abby Rubin

Board Member

Anna Shurak

Board Member

Sarah Thomas

Board Member

Dr. Steven Yanni

Superintendent of Schools

BCMS Administrative Team

Eugenia Koo

Assistant Principal

Nicholas Allen

Assistant Principal

Jeffrey Hunter


For a full Bala Cynwyd faculty directory with contact information, please visit our online directory, here.