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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
    A+
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
899 responses
Average ACT
30
366 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

Expenses Per Student
$29,146/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  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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You can't beat the quality of the educational experience you get at Lower Merion. They somehow have managed to find the right balance of academic core curriculum, specialty courses, and tons extra curriculars. Despite the large size of the district, the teachers, school staff, and administrators are somehow able to connect with and help the students on an individual level. The team at Lower Merion helped both my daughters get into their top choices for college. An incredible district!
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A wonderful school district. Highly recommended! Many advanced placement (AP) courses offered, great for college prep. I know several MDs, PhDs, and lawyers that have come out of Lower Merion SD. Also, lots of options for athletics, clubs, and activities. LMSD easily stands up to the top private schools in the area without the added tuition cost.
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.