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Philly Mag Ranks Main Line High Schools

A Philadelphia school takes the No. 1 spot in this year’s Philadelphia Magazine rankings.

Philadelphia Magazine is in newsstands and online with its Best High Schools issue.

This year, Philadelphia’s Masterman took the top spot. Lower Merion High School took second place and Unionville took number three.

Here’s how Main Line high schools fared:

2. Lower Merion (Lower Merion School District)
4. Conestoga (Tredyffrin-Easttown School District)
5. Harriton (Lower Merion School District)
8. Radnor (Radnor School District)
9. Great Valley (Great Valley School District)
60. Haverford (Haverford Township School District)

Check out Philadelphia Magazine’s full Top 100 list.

Philadelphia Magazine said their rankings were based on a variety of factors, including graduation rate, test scores, student/faculty ratio, spending per student and more. Philadelphia magazine lists all the factors and how they were weighted in the ranking process.

Brian A. October 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I'd love to know how many total HSs they considered in the area, so we can get an idea of the percentiles.
Berwyn Neighbor October 03, 2012 at 09:19 PM
The most recent PSSA tests do not correlate with this information -- they were released Sept 21. These rankings sell magazines, and sadly, houses....but the difference between Radnor, Great Valley, Conestoga, Lower Merion and Unionville (and West Chester for that matter) is negligible. SchoolDigger.com, primarily a real estate site, has ranked districts by various factors, but includes rankings of High Schools (and other levels) by the PSSA achievement. For High schools (grade 11, 2011-12 school year) Conestoga is #4, Unionville CF #5, Great Valley #7, Lower Merion #20, Radnor #23, Harriton #28..... On overall district rankings, Unionville is #4 ..973 / 1.000 , TE is #6 .961, Great Valley #10 .946, Lower Merion #12 .941 , Radnor #19 .918, Haverford #23 .911.... This is out of 553 ranked districts (includes Charter Programs) http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/districtrank.aspx This allows you to review details of each district/school, and is updated through the Sept release of data from the state. US News and World reports ranked Conestoga #3, Unionville #4 and Radnor #6 in Pennsylvania. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/pennsylvania
Jim Knowles October 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
All the NJ schools are at the bottom. I thought they played up their education cred? Guess it doesn't translate.
trish October 04, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Thank you for checking the facts , writing the truth without an agenda ( ad sales ) -- how refreshing !! I would forward your information to Philadelphia Mag as a teachable moment on what journalism should be !!!
Regina Brown October 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Including Masterman - a highly selective magnet school - with general enrollment public schools skews ratings a bit. This is why other 'rankings' like Newsweek separate magnet from non-magnet schools. Masterman SHOULD have very high rankings as they are educating only the most motivated, gifted students. LMSD cost to educate has actually dropped from what it was 5 years ago, and this is likely because the number of students attending LMSD schools has surged (as Patch previously reported). There are also a higher number of students with special needs, especially Autism spectrum - enrolled because LMSD has a better program than surrounding schools. Lastly, our population is far less homogenous than that of Radnor and T-E. We are more ethnically diverse and serve families with vastly different socioeconomic profiles. Does this 'pay off' for LM and Narberth residents? Of course. We have a relatively low tax burden and highly desirable schools, wonderful transportation and great proximity to a major city. All these factors contribute to increased property value and continually renewing, vibrant neighborhoods.

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