High School Academics

Educational Excellence

At the Lancaster Campus, the high school and middle school offer a comprehensive curriculum with a strong college preparatory program and excellent opportunities in agriculture, the arts, business education, family and consumer sciences, and technology education.

Preparation for College

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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


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…

Course Selection

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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

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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


students on minicourse

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 Accepted by Top 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
  • The Pennsylvania State University #52

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 & 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



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.

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