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School Profile 2020-2021

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HARRITON HIGH SCHOOL

Lower Merion School District
Nationally recognized for excellence in education

600 North Ithan Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010
Phone: (610) 658-3950 Fax: (610) 520-3917 CEEB/ACT Code: 394290

Administration

Robert Copeland

Superintendent of Schools

Richard Marta

Supervisor of K-12 Counseling, Testing & Holistic Supports

Scott Weinstein

Principal

Patrick Hogan

Assistant Principal

Michael Johnson

Assistant Principal

Lauren Marcuson

Assistant Principal

Thomas Ferguson

Athletics/Activities Director

MaryAnne Newberg

Registrar

Leslie Burke

Counseling Secretary

Counselors

Mandy Carl

School Counselor

Carla Coleman

School Counselor

Julia Loverdi

Mental Health Specialist

Michael Mallozzi

School Counselor

Mara Manfre

Social Worker

Barbara Serratore

School Counselor

Kimberly Thompson

School Counselor

Michelle Whelan

College and Career Counselor

Lower Merion School District serves the 62,000 residents of Lower Merion
Township and Narberth Borough, a diverse, suburban community located
just west of Philadelphia. The ethnic/racial composition of the school
district is: 67% White/Caucasian, 8% Black/African-American, 11%
Asian Pacific Islander, 6% Hispanic, and 8% Multi-Racial.

General Information

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1245
  • Graduating Class: 280
  • Type of School: Public
  • Full time Faculty: 129
  • Teacher to Student Ratio: 1:10
  • Length of Semester: 18 weeks
  • Class Periods: 55 minutes

While students are encouraged to grow academically, we counsel
students to balance their course load with all their obligations
outside and beyond the classroom.

Advanced Placement Courses

  • Art: 2D and 3D
  • Biology
  • Calculus: AB and BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A, Principles
  • Economics: Macro, Micro
  • English: Language and Composition; Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language
  • Human Geography
  • Latin
  • Music Theory
  • Physics 1
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism; Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • United States History
  • United States Government/Politics

Courses are designated on the student’s transcript with AP.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

IB students are required to engage in the full Diploma Program by taking
six IB courses in a variety of disciplines and the Theory of Knowledge
course, writing an extended essay of 4,000 words of original research, and
fulfilling the CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) requirement. Students
who opt not to pursue the full diploma may take courses from our suite of
IB elective options. Further information about Harriton High School’s IB
Diploma Program is available here: www.lmsd.org/academics/high/ib

All 34 IB courses are designated on the student’s transcript IB.
Courses include: English, Spanish, French, Latin, History of the Americas,
Psychology, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics:
applications and interpretation (with Introductory Calculus), Mathematics:
analysis and approaches (with Calculus), Music, Visual Arts, Theater,
Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy, Business Management, Film, and
Chinese ab initio.

Honors Courses

Art: Advanced Ceramics and Metal Arts 3/4/5, Advanced Film
Photography 3/4/5, Art 1/2/3, Communication Design 3/4/5, 9th grade Art

English: 1/2/3; Creative Writing, Expression and Performance 1/2, Film
and Literature, Heroes and Monsters: Classic British Lit, Journalism,
Modern and Contemporary Literature, Reading and Writing Non-
Fiction, Theater Arts: Drama Survey and Appreciation, Voices in African-
American Literature and Non-Fiction

Mathematics: Algebra 2, Advanced Topics in Linear Algebra and
Discrete Mathematics, Computer Science 1/2, Computer Science Seminar,
Geometry, Integrated Math 1/2/3, Pre-calculus, Senior Seminar, Visual
Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (H), Cyber
Security (H)

Music: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Music Major

Science: Architectural Design, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry,
Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Foundations of Engineering and
Design (Beg/Adv), Genetics, Geology, Human Anatomy/Physiology,
Innovation and Invention Robotics, Landscape Architecture/Horticulture,
Meteorology, Physics, Oceanography, Organic Chemistry

Social Studies: Economics, Global Studies I , Global Studies II, Global
Citizenship, Modern History through Media, Philosophy and Modern
Culture, Psychology, Theology and Modern Culture, U.S. Government,
U.S. History

World Languages: French 1/2/3/4/5/6 (for Global Competence), Japanese
1/2, Latin 1/2/3/4/6 (for Global Competence) Spanish 1 (Spanish Speaker),
2/3/4/5/6 (for Global Competence)

All courses designated on the transcript by the word Honors or
the letter H are accelerated and enriched.

Class Rank

No class rank is recorded on a student’s transcript.

Any institution may request in writing from the School Counseling
Department the class rank of any student if class rank is required for
admission to that school or needed for any scholarship program. The
class rank reported is weighted and includes only major academic
subject courses completed in grades 9-11.

Grading System

  • A+ = 97-100
  • A = 93-96
  • A- = 90-92
  • B+ = 87-89
  • B = 83-86
  • B- = 80-82
  • C+ = 77-79
  • C = 73-76
  • C- = 70-72
  • D+ = 67-69
  • D = 63-66
  • D- = 60-62
  • F = <60
  • Floor = 50
  • I = Incomplete
  • M = Medical Excuse
  • WP = Withdrew Passing
  • WF = Withdrew Failing
  • P = Passing in Pass/Fail
  • F = Failing in Pass/Fail
  • AU = Audit (no credit)
  • NG = No Grade (no credit)

Minimum Graduation Requirements for Class of 2021

4.00 credits of English
(1 credit each year)

4.00 credits of Social Studies
(Global Studies I, Global Studies II, United States History, and United States Government)

3.00 credits of Mathematics

3.00 credits of Science

2.00 credits of Arts and Humanities

0.50 credit of Health

1.00 credit of Physical Education (all four years)

3.50 credits of Electives

A total of 21 credits are required, and completion of a Senior Project is mandatory

Calculation of Grade Point Average

Grade point average (GPA) is calculated at the end of each school year using only final grades in the five major academic areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages. Honors, AP, and IB level courses are calculated on a weighted 5.0 scale and College Prep courses are calculated on a 4.0 scale. The GPA is reported on a weighted 5.0 scale.

Advanced Placement Exams (2020)

Total Candidates: 314

Total Exams: 666

Grades of 5: 213

Grades of 4: 204

Grades of 3: 144

85% of all AP exam scores were 3, 4, or 5
All scores: total exam score average of 3.7

IB Exam Scores (2020)

151 students took a total of 480 IB subject tests. Tests are scored on a 1-7 scale. 89% of Harriton students scored between 4-7 with the average score being a 4.72.

National Merit, National Achievement Scholarship Program and National Hispanic Recognition Program (2020)

Finalists: 12

Semifinalists: 12

Commended: 23

On average more than 11% of each graduating class is recognized by the National Merit Program.

University of the Sciences dual Enrollment

Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit through the dual enrollment program. College credit is offered in Introduction to Marketing Management (3 credits), Introduction to Business Seminar (2 credits), Accounting (3 credits), and Principles of Management (3 credits).

Continuing Education

97% of Harriton High School graduates continue a program of higher education. 91% of the class enroll in 4-year colleges, 3% in 2-year colleges, and 1% in non-degree post-secondary programs. The remaining 6% enroll in the military, participate in a gap year, or are employed full-time.

A Sampling of Colleges Attended by Harriton students (2019)

American University, Bates College, Boston University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Delaware County Community College, Drexel University, Elon University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, James Madison University, Lehigh University, Montgomery County Community College, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Penn State University, Princeton University, Saint Joseph’s University, Syracuse University, Temple University, The George Washington University, Tulane University, Tufts University, United States Military Academy, University of California; Berkeley/Los Angeles/Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Richmond, University of Southern California, United States Naval Academy, University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wellesley College, West Chester University.

Students are also attending universities outside the United States including; University of London, Dalhousie University, ESCP Europe Business School London, ESCP Europe Business School Paris, Kedge Business School Marseille Campus, McGill University, The University of St. Andrews, The University of Toronto, Universidad Nove de Lisbo

Testing - Number of Students Tested (2020)

  • ACT - 113
  • SAT - 197

100% took either SAT or ACT or both.

ACT Summary (2020)

Test Middle 50% Mean
English 24-34 28.4
Math 23-30 26.4
Reading 24-33 28.5
Science 24-31 27.1
Composite 24-32 27.7

 

SAT Summary (2020)

Testing Area Middle 50% Mean
Evidence Based Reading & Writing 550-670 612
Mathematics 550-680 612
Total 1130-1340 1224

 

Recent Awards and Accomplishments

Harriton’s Latin Club received 1st and 3rd places at the Princeton competition, and 2nd place at the Yale competition.

Harriton’s DECA Club received a New Chapter Recognition Award 15 students qualified for the District Competition. 12 members qualified for the States Competition and 3 members qualified for the International Competition.

Harriton and LM were co-champions of the Montgomery County Mock Trial competition and qualified for the State championship.

Harriton’s Student Council premiered their 13th annual charity talent show and raised over $60,000 for the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund and the Dream Camp Foundation, both of which support local education.

The Harriton Theater Company presented the musical Peter and the Starcatcher. The set department built an entire theater on the stage of the auditorium including three quarter audience seating, 10-foot-high side boxes for audience and a stage floor that opened up in front of the audience transforming the set from a pirate ship to a tropical island.

Newsweek and STEM.org named HHS (#406) to their list of Top 500 STEM schools in the country, saying they offer the best quality experience for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while also preparing them for post-school life.

A HHS senior was named a Top 300 Finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. His study of how a form of algae form colonies garnered a $2000 prize.

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