Greetings Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,
On behalf of the students and staff at Lower Merion High School, I would like to welcome you to our website and express my appreciation for your interest in our school. Our website is a great resource to learn more about Lower Merion’s programs, student life and achievements, curricular offerings, and extra-curricular opportunities. I hope you take the opportunity to explore the site to learn more about who we are as a school community.
I am honored to serve as the principal of one of the finest high schools in the nation whose rich history is characterized by a caring and supportive community. Our partnerships with families and community members are a part of what make Lower Merion a phenomenal place for young people to be educated. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of academic and extra-curricular offerings that allow students to explore interests or engage with new experiences. Whether a student is interested in pursuing higher education through a traditional 4-year college/university or expanding their skills through our partnership with Central Montgomery Technical High School, our goal is to help students find their way through high expectations and high support.
As an educator I have always believed that building rapport with students and families is critical towards successfully supporting students in achieving their greatest potential. As a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices, I am committed to the work of establishing a positive school community, which requires an intentional focus on relationship building, characterized by seeing each person as worthy of dignity, value, and respect. I also believe that, “more is caught than taught,” which essentially means that our example, what we model for our students, is what will have the most impact on how they interact and engage with the school community. Our job as educators is to be thermostats, as we set the tone (temperature) for our school community’s expectations … our students and families are the thermometers and we will depend on your “temperature readings” as feedback to support our growth.
In closing, I believe what makes Lower Merion special are the people … Our students, our families, and our staff come together to make-up a world-class school community that values education and cares about individuals. Those values will help carry Lower Merion into the future and I am honored to be a part of that journey as students Enter to Learn and Go Forth to Serve.
I look forward to an exciting and successful school year.
Dr. Michael Johnson