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Overall Niche Grade
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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
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  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Lower Merion High School is a top rated, public school located in Ardmore, PA. It has 1,440 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
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
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1290
377 responses
Average ACT
30
152 responses
AP Enrollment
36%

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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
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$80,625
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,267
National
$949
Median Home Value
$309,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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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.20 responses
Poll
65%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Basketball games and pep rallys
    31%
  • Mr. Lower Merion
    21%
  • Senior skip day
    18%
  • Getting the day off after beating radnor
    8%
  • Players productions
    8%
  • Crew Regattas
    5%
  • Band concerts
    3%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,440
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$111,745
Teachers in First/Second Year
0.9%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$26,057/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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Lower Merion High School Reviews

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My old school of snide peers had made it clear to me that learning was “uncool”. My first day at LM, however, changed everything I thought I knew about High School. I was shocked when a girl in the front of the room ambitiously raised her hand to correct the teacher. I braced myself for the snickers and the eye rolling, but, to my surprise, none followed. Rather, my aloof classmates were raising their hands, remaining attentive and viciously taking notes.
My classmates seemed intrinsically driven to succeed- not just academically, but in personal endeavors. Among many others, I remember a girl who wrote a book on her Indian heritage and got it published. A boy on my Crew team trained every day, even after our grueling practices, with West Point ambitions. Seeing them work hard for what they wanted made me want to do the same.
LM encouraged fearless self-expression and achievement. It is truly rare to find a high school with such an environment.
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My own experience at LM supports the statistic that Lower Merion is one of the best high schools in the country. I had great connections with the teachers, made lifelong friends, and participated in activities that I will continue through college. There is no doubt however, that there is a pressure cooker environment at LM. Students naturally want to be the best at everything and be admitted to the top schools in the country, so that means they "have" to take the hardest classes available and participate in a myriad of school activities– both of which LM offers. Students experience stress from their teachers who "advocate up-keeping mental health" yet pile on mountains of work, from their parents, and from themselves. This is a complex issue that has no simple solution but is accepted as the way things are. Although high school was stressful, I got so much out of it and it ultimately paid off in every respect. A great experience, but I would never do it over again.
Lower Merion High School has a program for minority students to get them prepared for College and the world we might not be fully prepared for. Unlike some schools Lower Merion has very high standards they push kids, so they can achieve their highest goals. It is a somewhat diverse environment considering is a predominately white school, and is placed #9 of best high school in America. It is a safe school with many activities for students to participate, and feel comfortable