The Lower Merion School District (LMSD) serves Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough residents. The public school district was established in 1834, and was one of the first in Pennsylvania. LMSD consists of six elementary, two middle, and two high schools, and currently serves over 8,200 students. It is also known as one of the best public school systems available in the United States.
The Lower Merion School District consists of ten different schools, and is located amidst the Main Line suburbs in Philadelphia. The 8,200-student body is made up of 76.87% white, 9.32% Asian, 7.84% African American, 3.19% Hispanic, and 2.78% multiracial ethnicities.
The Lower Merion School District consists of the following schools:
Belmont – 468 students with 100% of courses taught by teachers that are highly qualified. This school also has a 92.3 academic building level score
Cynwood – 543 students and has a 93.4 academic building level score. The student body also includes 9.07% who are considered gifted
Gladwyne – 738 students and earned an academic building level score of 90.5, with 8.53% of students in gifted programs
Merion – 568 students, and a 100.5 academic building level score based on receiving all 100 scores on performance measures, plus .5 for advanced placement courses
Penn Valley – 660 students with a 94.6 academic building level score. This school also has 9.48% of students enrolled in gifted courses
Penn Wynne – 682 students and earned a 94.8 academic building level score. Each class is taught by teachers who are highly qualified, with 10.71% of students enrolled in gifted courses.
Bala Cynwyd – 901 students with an 89.9 academic building level score, with 18.11% of students enrolled in gifted courses
Welsh Valley – 973 students, 16.65% of which are enrolled in gifted courses. This school also earned an 86.9% academic building level score.
Harriton – 1,170 students with a 96.4 academic building level score. This school also received individual scores of 100 for their International Baccalaureate programs in Mathematics and Life and Physical Sciences. The IB program could be a great option for expatriated students looking at continuing their education overseas.
Lower Merion – 1,350 students with a 96.0 academic building level score and 96.73% of available classes being taught by highly qualified teachers
The Lower Merion School District is one of the highest ranked in Philadelphia, ranking along with Tredyffrin Easttown and Radnor School Districts within the top 10 districts in the state.
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