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Lower Merion High School

Public | 9-12 | 1259 students


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Posted November 3, 2014

LMHS employs a dedicated, talented, caring and experienced faculty delivering an excellent level of quality education. Staff and leadership are focused on quantitatively developing the whole student by appropriately providing for academic and social needs. Extracurricular offerings include ample opportunities for students to engage in service to the community, local through global.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 1, 2013

The school is great but I feel they need African American studires and some type of racia l sensitivity training for the students. My child dealt with some race issues.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2012

I believe that Lower Merion HS is a great school and they are good at making use of their funding, however, I did not feel making the athletic fields into parking lots was a good use of space and perhaps a small parking garage over the already existing parking lot would have been a better solution. I felt my education was very good and I always had quality text books and access to computers. Now being in the "real world" I would have like to see more emphasis on work place education such as EQ learning for inter-office communication and check book balancing but I believe this to be a systematic issue and not the schools issue.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 25, 2011

As an alumnus of Lower Merion, I can attest to the excellence of my education at this fine public high school. To this day I thank my English teachers for teaching me how to think critically and write. My classmates were incredibly bright. Yes, the experience was competitive, but I was very well-prepared for college. I also enjoyed the after-school activities, such as the Lower Merion Players, where I made many great friends. All in all, a terrific school.

Posted April 6, 2011

LM is a fabulous school. The curriculum is varied, with an emphasis not only on excellent academic subjects, but on the arts as well. The new building is a phenomenal space with two theaters, an art studio with sophisticated ceramic equipment, an acoustically sound music classroom, as well as auditorium, and amazing gym facilities. Even the cafeteria is state of the art. The sports offerings are varied as well. The school's guidance counselors are very involved in the student's education, and they do a great job of helping those with any kind of learning issue. Every aspect of the school is top-notch.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2010

Incredible experience for my kids. I have a son with special needs and the staff and students created an atmosphere that helped him grow, achieve and mature in ways that inspired everyone. I can't thank Lower Merion enough!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2009

This is a really great school. They have an amazing selection of sports, extracurriculars, and clubs. One of the very few high schools in the country that has a crew team. It's easy to find great friends here, although the stereotype that Lower Merion kids are spoiled and snobby is unfortunately quite true. Of course not ALL the kids are like that, but no doubt if you go to this school you will encounter a good few. The teachers are, like my middle and elementary school (I've been in this district since kindergarten) very mixed; some are amazing, some are great, some are just fine, and others are simply awful But overall, this is a great school, and no matter who you are or where you come from, there's a place for you at LMHS.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 15, 2009

It is so diverse. Not only does it have great sports teams, it has an excellent art and music department.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2008

I am a student at LMHS and I am impressed with the flexible academic and extra-curricular life here. I find that any level of student will find a place at LM and will not be placed in any level class that is out of their comfort zone. There is also a large amount of extra-curricular activities that are suitable for anyone.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 9, 2008

This is a fantastic district. We came from Brookline, Mass. six years ago and couldn't be happier--our kids, now in ninth and fifth grades, are having a much stronger academic experience...and they have loads of friends.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2008

I am so disappointed in this school, I can hardly put it into words. When we moved from out of state, we paid a tremendous premium to live in this district because the school enjoys such a great reputation. When we were looking at the course catalog, my children and I were so excited by what was offered. But the reality has been sharply different. My children's schedule is filled with study halls because those exciting courses aren't really available to all. They sit idle half the day and then their courses aren't very challenging at all. The teachers are a mixed bag, as in any school, but considering the extremely high taxes we pay for teacher salaries, I don't see why so much mediocrity is accepted. If this is really one of the top schools in the state, Pa is in very, very sad trouble.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2008

I am a student that goes to lower merion high school. I feel that the curriculum and the teachers do very well at their work. The extracurricular activities are really amazing. Meaning, that there is an extra curricular activity for all types of students. Whether it be sports, plays, cooking, art, community service, cheerleading/ drill team or technology. Anyone can find their place in school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 2, 2006

My daughter is graduating from LMHS this school year and I am very pleased with her education. LMHS has a rigrous education, honors and AP credits are numerous, music is state ranked both vocal and instrumental and their theater department is arguably one of the best in the country. The tennis team ranked first this year in the state, and the Basketball team was first in the state as well. Parents are actively involved. The community is down-to-earth and a child can succeed regardless of his/her social-economic status.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2006

Lower Merion High School is recognized as outstanding by many, however its regard for its African American, Hispanic, low income and disabled students is disappointing to many, too. Check out the data for yourself. It reflects a truth of the 'culture' rarely mentioned in public.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2005

Truly excellent school. Prepares students very well for college.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 22, 2005

High quality of academic programs with honors, AP classes. Teaching varies greatly from great to mediocre. Class size in the 20s. Facilities are overcrowded and outdated, with new facility sometime in the future. Many extracurricular activities, including all sports, music, theatre.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2005

This is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 5, 2005

Lower Merion High School has the highest PSAT/SAT scores among public, non-magnet schools in Pennsylvania. The guidance staff and counselors are excellent
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2005

I am a graduate. LMHS provided a great education. My whole first year of college was basically a repeat of my senior year.
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

295 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

297 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

293 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

294 students were tested at this school in 2012.








Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education


All Students86%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a


All Students89%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
English language learnersn/a


All Students66%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
English language learnersn/a


All Students97%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)73%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 71%
Black 12% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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245 East Montgomery Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
Phone: (610) 645-1810


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