High School

Educational Excellence

The High School offers a comprehensive curriculum with a strong college preparatory program and excellent opportunities in STEAM, agriculture, the arts, family and consumer sciences, and more. As a comprehensive, holistic school, LM helps students of diverse abilities and interests be all they can be.

Educational Excellence

The high school offers a comprehensive curriculum with a strong college preparatory program that includes dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses. LM provides a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with excellent opportunities in the arts, agriculture, business, family and consumer science, career training, and technology education. In addition, students are challenged with courses in the humanities and Bible that seek to cultivate global citizens who act as bridges of peace through their compassionate living.

The student body includes students with academic difficulties as well as Merit Scholars; it includes those who want to work with their hands as well as those who aspire to work towards professional careers. The formation of artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and skilled technicians is not measured by SAT scores.

While some schools talk about “academic excellence,” LM promotes holistic educational excellence, that addresses the whole person and prepares them for life, not just college or academic success.

While nurturing all gifts and talents, the high school program still provides academic rigor that can propel students to top-notch colleges and universities. 

students talking with teacher

LM’s academic excellence is evidenced by significantly higher Advanced Placement test success of LM students versus PA and national averages, according to College Board data. The 5-year trend clearly reflects the growing strength of LM’s academic program that drives increasing AP success while PA and national averages remained unchanged over the years.

LM is exceptionally strong in AP Calculus AB for which our students achieved a mean score of 4.57 in 2014 compared to PA and national averages of 3.24 and 2.94, respectively. For other AP subjects such as Biology, Environmental Science, Statistics, US History and World History, LMH students out-performed PA and National averages by significant margins.

Noami Bronkema

Preparation for College

At Lancaster Mennonite High School, we take pride in pushing our brightest students to academic excellence. We offer a broad range of challenging university-level courses, including classes taught by professors from Eastern Mennonite University and Harrisburg Area Community College.

STEAM Curriculum

robotics

LM has a variety of the core STEAM classes for high school students looking to gain the knowledge from the coursework, strengthen 21st century skills, and attain tools needed to succeed in the workplace of the future. In addition LM provides extracurricular clubs, sports and competitions to participate in.

Classes Include:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A (coming 2021-22)
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Statistics
  • Honors Physics
  • Technology and Design
  • Music – Instrumental, choir, band and orchestra
  • Art – 2D Design, Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture
  • Culinary Arts
  • And many more…

Clubs and Organizations

Lancaster Mennonite School provides opportunities for students to explore and develop their understanding of Christian faith and their gifts through academics, athletics, fine arts, and social activities. In addition to year-long student organizations, numerous short-term clubs for various interest groups are offered every trimester.

Course Selection

Each spring, students select their courses, both requirements and electives, for the following school year. This is a process that involves the support of their parents, advisory group leader and school counselor. Typically students will take time in advisory groups to select courses for the following school year. Once the advisor and student select courses, the course selection form requires a parent signature. With parental approval, the course selection form is then submitted to the guidance office for the counselor’s final approval before being submitted.

Grading Scale

Our grading scale is modeled off of the standard high school grading system.

  • A (Superior):                       90-100
  • B (Good):                            80-89
  • C (Average):                        70-79
  • D (Below Average):             60-69
  • F (Unsatisfactory):               Below 60

Mini-Courses

Lancaster Mennonite School realizes that many significant lifelong skills and interests are developed outside the classroom setting. Mini-courses for grades 11 and 12 and class experiences for grades 9 and 10 provide opportunities for students to learn with their peers and teachers and benefit from teachers’ expertise and creativity.

Mini-courses are a minimum of three days and may include overnight trips or day trips for those three days. Students may count school-led summer trips as their mini-course prior to their junior or senior years. Mini-courses focus on an academic area and/or service and occur every two years (spring of even years). Students receive a pass/fail grade for 0.25 credit.

LM Students Have Recently Been Accepted by the Following Colleges and Universities

National Universities

  • Princeton University #1
  • University of Chicago #3
  • Columbia University #5 (tie)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology #5 (tie)
  • Stanford University #5 (tie)
  • University of Pennsylvania #8
  • California Institute of Technology #10
  • Johns Hopkins University #11
  • Brown University  #14 (tie)
  • Cornell University #14 (tie)
  • Rice University  #14 (tie)
  • Vanderbilt University #14 (tie)
  • Georgetown University #20
  • Emory University #21
  • University of California Berkeley #21
  • UCLA #21 (tie)
  • University of Southern California #21
  • Carnegie Mellon University #25
  • University of Virginia #25
  • Wake Forest University #27
  • Tufts University #29
  • Boston College #32 (tie)
  • College of William & Mary #32 (tie)
  • Brandeis University #34 (tie)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology #34 (tie)
  • Boston University  #37 (tie)
  • Case Western Reserve University #37 (tie)
  • University of Miami #46
  • Purdue University #49
  • The Pennsylvania State University #52
  • University of Texas at Austin #56
  • American University #69

National Liberal Arts Colleges

  • Amherst College #2
  • Swarthmore College #3
  • Washington and Lee University #10
  • Colgate University #12
  • Bucknell University #33
  • Lafayette College #36
  • Franklin & Marshall College #39
  • Bard College #46
  • Wheaton College #63
  • Hillsdale College #71

Regional Colleges and Universities

  • Chapman University #5 in Regional Universities West
  • University of Scranton #6 in Regional Universities North
  • Goshen College #6 in Regional Colleges Midwest
  • James Madison University #7 in Regional Universities South
  • Cedarville University #13 in Regional Colleges Midwest
  • Lebanon Valley College #24 in Regional Universities North
  • Bluffton University #27 in Regional Colleges Midwest
  • Eastern Mennonite University #41 in Regional Universities South
  • Messiah College #5 in Regional Colleges North