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Lower Merion High School


School Profile 2020-2021


Lower Merion School District
Nationally recognized for excellence in education

315 E. Montgomery Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Phone: (610) 645-1838 Fax: (610) 658-8720 CEEB/ACT Code: 390105


Richard Marta

Supervisor of K-12 Counseling, Testing & Holistic Supports

Sean Hughes


Karen deFranco

Assistant Principal - Grade 9

Jon Fadely

Assistant Principal - Grade 11

G. Scott Kilpatrick

Assistant Principal - Grade 12

Tyrone Ross

Assistant Principal - Grade 10

Jason Stroup

Director - Athletics/Activities

Cameron King


Darlene Mandarino

Counseling Secretary


Nicholas Allen

School Counselor

Becky Bowlby

College Access Counselor

Tasha Gesacion

School Counselor

Natalie Kail

School Counselor

JoAnn Montalvo

Social Worker

Marsha Rosen

School Counselor, Department Chair

Eric Scroggin

Health and Wellness Counselor

Eli Skinner

School Counselor, 610-645-1818

Jennifer Vallieres

School 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: 1539
  • Graduating Class: 378
  • Type of School: Public
  • Full time Faculty: 145
  • 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.

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.

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 2/3, Pre-calculus, Senior Seminar, Visual Programming

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

Science: Architectural Design, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security, 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, 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

Advanced Placement Exams (2020)

Total Candidates: 465

Total Exams: 1090

Grades of 5: 222

Grades of 4: 239

Grades of 3: 175

84% of all AP exam scores were 3, 4, or 5
All scores: total exam score average of 3.5

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

Finalists: 13

Semifinalists: 14

Commended: 20

On average more than 10% of each graduating class is recognized by the National Merit Program.

Testing - Number of Students Tested (2020)

  • ACT - 138
  • SAT - 245

100% took either SAT or ACT or both.

ACT Summary (2020)

Test Middle 50% Mean
English 24-34 27.9
Math 23-31 26.6
Reading 24-34 28.8
Science 23-32 27.3
STEM 23-32 27.0
Composite 24-32 27.4

SAT Summary (2020)

Testing Area Middle 50% Mean
Evidence Based Reading & Writing 570-710 638
Mathematics 560-730 640
Total 1140-1430 1278

A Sampling of Colleges Attended by Lower Merion students (2019)

Barnard College, Bates College, Cal Tech, Case Western Reserve
University, Champlain College, Clark Atlanta University, College of
Charleston, Colorado College, Columbia University, Cornell University,
Culinary Institute of America, Dartmouth College, DePaul University,
Drexel University, Duke University, Elon University, Emerson University,
Fordham University, George Mason University, Howard University, Ithaca
College, Jefferson University, LaSalle University, Lehigh University, Lock
Haven University, Louisiana State University, MIT, Montgomery County
Community College, Millersville University, Morehouse University,
Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Pace University, Penn
State University, Princeton University, Ringling College of Art and Design,
Rochester Institute of Technology, Saint Joseph’s University, SCAD,
Shippensburg University, SUNY Purchase, Syracuse University, Temple
University, Thaddeus Stevens College, The New School, Tufts University,
United States Naval Academy, University of California-San Diego and
Santa Barbara, University of Colorado/Boulder, University of Delaware,
University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University
of New Mexico, University of New Orleans, University of Notre Dame,
University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh,
University of Tampa, University of Texas/Austin, University of the Pacific,
University of Vermont, Virginia Commonwealth University, West Chester
University, Yale University.

International universities: University College of Dublin in Ireland; CEU
Cardenal Herrera University in Spain; McGill University in Canada;
University College Maastricht in the Netherlands

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), and Introduction to Business Seminar (2 credits).

Continuing Education

Approximately 91% of Lower Merion High School graduates
continue a program of higher education. Approximately 85% of the
class enroll in 4 year colleges, 6% in 2 year colleges. The 9% that do
not attend higher education enroll in the military, participate in a
gap year, or are employed full-time.

Recent Awards and Accomplishments

LM ranked #8 in the top ten in SAT scores in the Commonwealth of

An LM junior won the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 8th Annual Essentially
Ellington Dr. J. Douglas White Student Composition and Arranging
Contest. His composition is being recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center

LMSD students won 90 Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions
in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. The winners were
selected from approximately 340,000 entries.

LM students collected 5500 pounds of food for Saints Memorial Baptist
Church in Bryn Mawr and $1,126 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand during their
annual Winterfest celebration.

In conjunction with Harriton High School in LMSD, the Dr. Harriton and
Amazing Ace competitions raised $75,000 for the Lower Merion Township
Scholarship Fund, the Dream Camp Foundation, Colon Cancer Coalition,
Alzheimer’s Association, Philadelphia Children’s Foundation, Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network, Paws & Affection, Bobby Bonds Memorial
Foundation, Musicopia, PAWS, Immune Deficiency Foundation and
Alex’s Lemonade Stand.