Merion Elementary School

Public K-5

 549 S Bowman Ave
       Merion Station, PA  19066-1418


 (610) 645-1470

District: Lower Merion School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
26th of 1,530 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  13.1
Number of students:  610

Racial breakdown:
White:
68.9%
Asian:
16.6%
Two or more races:
5.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  8.9%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Friday, November 30, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Merion Elementary School ranked better than 98.3% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranked 2nd among 6 ranked elementary schools in the Lower Merion School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.11. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (68.9%), Asian (16.6%), two or more races (5.9%). (See more...)
Compare Details 8.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Merion Elementary School is 13.1. 3 elementary schools in the Lower Merion School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Merion Elementary School employs 46.3 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Merion Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Merion Elementary School 26th of 1530 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See Merion Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Lower Merion School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Lower Merion School District 13th of 603 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Merion Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 90.42 68th 1302 94.8%
2004 79.85 253rd 1308 80.7%
2005 86.63 52nd 1299 96.0%
2006 83.64 122nd 1545 92.1%
2007 87.68 45th 1555 97.1%
2008 87.10 43rd 1551 97.2%
2009 86.35 42nd 1549 97.3%
2010 84.83 69th 1579 95.6%
2011 85.89 50th 1597 96.9%
2012 84.22 83rd 1599 94.8%
2013 88.56 11th 1519 99.3%
2014 90.52 3rd 1467 99.8%
2015 94.82 2nd 1474 99.9%
2016 93.57 6th 1554 99.6%
2017 93.94 4th 1547 99.7%
2018 92.11 26th 1530 98.3%

Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Friday, June 15, 2018

Open Quote This school is exemplary. The passion and purpose led by indefatigable principal Anne Heffron is remarkable. Teachers, like Mrs. Whalon and Mrs. Green helped my daughter, who came from another school mid-year, thrive academically and socially. I cannot commend them enough for their outstanding efforts. This school is run far better than some Quaker schools in the area. Bravo from a grateful parent. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Open Quote This school is led by an outstanding principal and has dedicated, experienced teachers. They go above and beyond to provide a very strong education. By fourth and fifth grade, the kids are really pushed to achieve excellence in math, reading, and writing. The school community is very strong with very involved families. Close Quote


by a citizen
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Open Quote Former Merion Elementary student here... I had a horrific experience at Merion as a child with Asperger's; I should have been recognized for my gifts, but instead I was shut away in Learning Support classes. The school refused to re-test me for years and years for their gifted program, Challenge. As an adult I am extremely insecure and damaged because of the trauma inflicted on me between kindergarten and 5th grade.

If you are the parent of a child with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism, you should absolutely NOT send your child to Merion Elementary, because Merion Elementary will not recognize or positively reinforce their unique gifts. They will only be seen as problem children to be tolerated at best and ostracized at worst.

I will never forgive Merion for excluding me from the gifted program DESPITE the fact that I was reading Vonnegut in 4th grade and Orwell in 5th. What happened to me there was inexcusable, and I cannot stand by and let the same thing happen to other children.

Merion has a very, very bad reputation in the Behavioral Health Field. It's a shame, since they're usually considered such a high-performing school. They're proud of their kids... as long as they fit in. But if your child is High Functioning Autistic, or has Asperger's, forget it. Fight for an out of district placement. Your child will love you for it. Close Quote


by a citizen
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Open Quote Do not send a child with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism to this school. Fight for an out-of-district placement. LMSD has a horrible reputation in the mental health field, particularly where it comes to education (miseducating) persons like myself with Asperger's. I was made to attend learning support when I should have been in the Gifted Program. But obviously LMSD doesn't understand the principle of positive reinforcement. Do not send Aspie students to this school. It will only traumatize them.

I am a former student and survivor of their wretched approach to mental health (send all the kids with emotional problems and learning disorders to the same resource room). It was humiliating and not an experience I would wish on my worst enemy. Sure, LMSD gets great reviews, but don't be fooled. This school has no idea how to handle learning differences except by labeling them as disabilities. Close Quote


by a student
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Open Quote I was a student at Merion Elementary. I had Asperger's and emotional problems. I was subjected to the trauma of being held back in Kindergarten because they got rid of the Pre-K program that would have been perfect for me and my parents stupidly didn't look into other options. For years after that, my IEP said "Emotional Support," but that was a lie. Really, I was made to go to Learning Support classes despite getting straight As in pretty much everything except gym class from 2nd or 3rd grade on. In addition to this, I read Vonnegut in 4th grade and had a higher vocabulary than most of my teachers, and YET I was still excluded from the Gifted Program ("Challenge"), which would have provided me with a boost of confidence I desperately needed. The result was a life of trauma and missed opportunity. I hold Merion Elementary School personally responsible for everything that's gone wrong in my life since I left its uncaring clutches.

If your child has HFA (High Functioning Autism) or Asperger's, avoid Merion Elementary like the Black Plague. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Merion Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 439 24 14 3 0 n/a n/a 0 480
1989 442 19 17 2 0 n/a n/a 0 480
1990 493 24 22 4 0 n/a n/a 0 543
1991 526 23 24 2 0 n/a n/a 0 575
1992 567 22 17 6 0 n/a n/a 0 612
1993 580 25 28 7 0 n/a n/a 0 640
1994 628 22 28 3 0 n/a n/a 0 681
1995 541 14 23 5 0 n/a n/a 0 583
1996 541 14 23 5 0 n/a n/a 0 583
1997 537 15 14 5 0 n/a n/a 0 571
1998 528 16 28 9 0 n/a n/a 0 581
1999 507 17 31 12 0 n/a n/a 0 567
2000 474 24 32 13 0 n/a n/a 0 543
2001 468 21 29 6 0 n/a n/a 0 524
2002 397 21 31 6 0 n/a n/a 0 455
2003 397 21 31 6 0 n/a n/a 0 455
2004 368 12 33 6 0 n/a n/a 0 419
2005 396 10 40 1 0 n/a n/a 0 447
2006 402 14 46 1 0 n/a n/a 0 463
2007 386 13 60 1 0 n/a n/a 0 460
2008 390 16 59 2 0 n/a n/a 0 467
2009 389 15 63 4 0 n/a n/a 4 475
2010 396 14 71 5 0 n/a n/a 6 492
2011 388 14 71 7 0 0 13 0 493
2012 396 21 82 15 0 0 12 0 526
2013 406 26 86 17 0 0 16 0 551
2014 404 21 83 19 0 0 21 0 548
2015 412 16 83 20 0 2 28 0 561
2016 426 22 96 28 0 1 41 0 614
2017 420 25 101 27 0 1 36 0 610

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Merion Elementary School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 480 30.4 15.7 n/a
1989 480 33.3 14.4 n/a
1990 543 31.5 17.2 0.0
1991 575 34.6 16.6 n/a
1992 612 32.3 18.9 n/a
1993 640 37.0 17.3 n/a
1994 681 36.0 18.9 n/a
1995 583 36.5 16.0 n/a
1996 583 36.5 16.0 n/a
1997 571 38.0 15.0 n/a
1998 581 39.9 14.6 n/a
1999 567 37.0 15.3 n/a
2000 543 38.0 14.3 2.0
2001 524 37.0 14.2 1.3
2002 455 37.5 12.1 1.8
2003 455 37.5 12.1 1.8
2004 419 34.7 12.1 1.9
2005 447 35.5 12.6 1.8
2006 463 35.0 13.2 3.5
2007 460 36.0 12.8 4.6
2008 467 39.9 11.7 3.4
2009 475 40.2 11.8 5.7
2010 492 37.8 13.0 6.6
2011 493 36.8 13.3 5.1
2012 526 37.5 14.0 6.1
2013 551 38.7 14.2 4.2
2014 548 39.8 13.7 4.7
2015 561 38.0 14.7 5.9
2016 614 43.0 14.2 8.0
2017 610 46.3 13.1 8.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Merion Elementary School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 480 30.4 15.7 n/a
1989 480 33.3 14.4 n/a
1990 543 31.5 17.2 0.0
1991 575 34.6 16.6 n/a
1992 612 32.3 18.9 n/a
1993 640 37.0 17.3 n/a
1994 681 36.0 18.9 n/a
1995 583 36.5 16.0 n/a
1996 583 36.5 16.0 n/a
1997 571 38.0 15.0 n/a
1998 581 39.9 14.6 n/a
1999 567 37.0 15.3 n/a
2000 543 38.0 14.3 2.0
2001 524 37.0 14.2 1.3
2002 455 37.5 12.1 1.8
2003 455 37.5 12.1 1.8
2004 419 34.7 12.1 1.9
2005 447 35.5 12.6 1.8
2006 463 35.0 13.2 3.5
2007 460 36.0 12.8 4.6
2008 467 39.9 11.7 3.4
2009 475 40.2 11.8 5.7
2010 492 37.8 13.0 6.6
2011 493 36.8 13.3 5.1
2012 526 37.5 14.0 6.1
2013 551 38.7 14.2 4.2
2014 548 39.8 13.7 4.7
2015 561 38.0 14.7 5.9
2016 614 43.0 14.2 8.0
2017 610 46.3 13.1 8.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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