Lower Merion Township, PA.  - The critical calculations are in, and 6 of the top 25 High Schools in the region are located in Lower Merion Township and are considered the best STEM schools.  STEM covers four specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and as far as public and private schools Lower Merion holds a majority of the best STEM Schools in the Philadelphia Area for 2019.


Niche.com ranked the top 25 STEM programs in the greater Philadelphia area.  Six of 25 STEM programs are located here in the township. Both of the Lower Merion School District high schools made the list. Harriton High School debuted at #4 and Lower Merion High School at #13. Harriton was the top school in the township. The Haverford School, an all-boys private school, was ranked #6.


The 2019 Best High Schools for STEM ranking is based on a rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Niche.com arguably provides the most comprehensive data on U.S schools and neighborhoods.

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The top 25 STEM programs are found here and the 6 schools in Lower Merion follow below:


Harriton High School, #4 with1222 students and a Student-Teacher Ratio of 11:1


The Haverford School, #6 with 973 students and a Student-Teacher Ratio of 8:1


The Baldwin School, #8 with 584 students and a Student-Teacher Ratio of 7:1


Lower Merion High School, #13 with 1440 students and a Student-Teacher Ratio of 12:1


The Shipley School, #16 with 846 students and a Student-Teacher Ratio of 6:1


Friends Central Schoo,l #19 with 806 students and a Student-Teacher Ratio of 6:1


Schools from Neighboring towns that were also represented:


Conestoga Senior High, #5 with 2062 students and a Student-Teacher Ratio of 16:1


The Agnes Irwin School, #8 with 584 students and a  Student-Teacher ratio of 7:1


Radnor High School, #15 with 1177 students and a  Student-Teacher ratio of 13:1


Devon Preparatory School,  #8 with 584 students and a Student-Teacher ratio of 7:1


Why is STEM so important?


According to the U. S. Department of Commerce in 2016, STEM occupations were growing at 17%, while other professions were growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a crucial role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy and are a critical component in helping the U.S. win the future.

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"Baldwin thinks the integration of a STEM education is important for developing the kinds of critical thinking skills that are useful in all areas of study," says Maggie Epstein, Med, Science Department Chair at The Baldwin School. Epstein further stated, "And it is especially important in an all-girls' school to develop our future female leaders of science, a discipline in which women have been historically underrepresented."

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Despite these compelling facts, mathematics and science scores on average among U.S. students are lagging behind other developing countries.


The TAPinto team congratulates all of the students, teachers, staff, and parents of these amazing schools.