A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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+
Address
315 E Montgomery Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
Telephone
(610) 645-1810

Lower Merion High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1280
298 responses
Average ACT
29
104 responses
AP Enrollment
30%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Basketball games and pep rallys
    39%
  • Mr. Lower Merion
    16%
  • Senior skip day
    16%
  • Crew Regattas
    6%
  • Getting the day off after beating radnor
    6%
  • Players productions
    6%
  • Concerts
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,350
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.5%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$26,057/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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The education is pretty exceptional, though there is a ton of academic pressure. Some of the administrators are rude, and others don't make an effort to get to know every student, only ones they find worthy of their time. The food is ok. The kids are mostly stuck-up, rude and entitled and tend to freak out way too much over their grades. Some of the teachers are great, some of the teachers couldn't care less whether you died tomorrow. Socially, kids are very cliquey and it can be hard to find a clique to attempt to fit into for four years without joining some clubs. The clubs are generally well funded- but not the art ones of course since nearly the whole school takes the arts for granted -but all are cliquey and many big ones can be obnoxious. For example, BuildOn is a club in which kids compete over who can be the most charitable and humble. Overall, most people I know don't like the school for whatever reason, and a cloud of anxiety and depression seems to clog the halls.
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Lower Merion is a great school with plenty of academic and extra curricular opportunities available for students. There are hundreds of clubs, sports, and unique opportunities you can't find at many other schools. You can choose to take advantage of these or not, and there is something for everyone.

In terms of academics, there are lots of challenging courses to choose from as well as lower-level courses. Many teachers are great and passionate about their subject, but not all teachers are like this. It can be hard to get good grades at LM but it's also difficult to fail- most teachers will do everything they can to keep you from failing.

One downside of LM is the competitive culture- there is a big emphasis on getting into college and doing things/taking courses for the sake of college transcripts rather than interest or learning.

Overall, LM is what you make of it- you can learn a lot if you come in with the right attitude.
There's virtually everything to do, from academically-stimulating activities, JV and Varsity sports, and fun clubs! I personally am Vice President of cooking club, a member of Best Buddies and BuildOn, a varsity diver, and an avid reader of the Merionite, our school newspaper.