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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Lower Merion School District is a top rated, public school district located in Ardmore, PA. It has 8,648 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Lower Merion School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1300
862 responses
Average ACT
30
354 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
8,648
Free or Reduced Lunch
9.4%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$118,871
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$195,887,000
Expenses Per Student
$29,146/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$89,923
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,342
National
$949
Median Home Value
$328,800
National
$184,700

Lower Merion School District Reviews

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Of the District's nine eligible schools, all have received recognition for the excellence by the commonwealth and seven have received the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Education. Students have come from India, China, and various religious backgrounds. Lower Merion and Harriton HS are also ranked #1 and #2 in the state among non-admission- based schools on the ACT and SAT exam. Out of my ten years in the district, I have seen many clubs that students are able to participate in. From robotics to yearbook to theatre, there is a place for any and everyone. The teachers in the school district makes sure every student has a voice in class and understands the criteria being taught to them. If students need extra help, teachers are willing to give up their lunch or after school hours to help them in any way they know how. LMSD is a great place to bring a child for a proper education.
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This school district has great resources and phenomenal teachers and staff. There is a lot of money due to the surrounding property taxes and many great opportunities. As an artist and a humanities person, have thrived at Harriton, and I also have seen my science and math oriented friends thrive as well. The Only thing I would change is how communicative and efficient the administration and school board is.
I participated in the International Baccalaureate program at Harriton High School for the full 2 years; and the quality of academics, teachers, opportunities, and the overall intellectual experience was of great value to my pre- undergraduate studies, and time spent in Lower Merion School District.