Lower Merion High School at the Top of the Keystone Exam Class

A new Penn State analysis has found the spending gap between wealthier school districts, such as Lower Merion, and average-spending districts continues to widen. Image via KCBA Architects.

While politicians debate whether the Keystone Exams should be part of students’ graduation requirements, the once-a-year tests are revealing which Philadelphia area high schools are producing the brightest kids, and a third of the five-county Philly top 50 hail from Montgomery County, according to a Philadelphia Business Journal report by Clara Lefton and Craig Ey.

Based on students’ Keystone Exam grades in algebra, biology and literature, No. 7 Lower Merion led the way with 49.8 percent of students placing in advanced algebra, 68 percent in biology and 23.8 percent in literature, totaling 141.6.

Other Montgomery County schools in the Philly top 50 were:

See more details and compare the school results in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.