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Milton, Alpharetta High Schools in Top 10 for SAT Scores in Georgia

All three high schools in top 10 highest scoring in state.

The College Board this week released results that show the Fulton County School System has more schools with high SAT performance than any other district in Georgia.

 Two of the high schools in Alpharetta and Milton ranked in the top 10, with Milton High at No. 7 and Alpharetta High at No. 10.

Seven Fulton schools are among the top 20 highest scoring schools in the state:

  • Northview High School – 1769 (No. 2)
  • Johns Creek High School – 1729 (No. 4)
  • Milton High School – 1681 (No. 7)
  • Roswell High School – 1677 (No. 8)
  • Chattahoochee High School – 1674 (No. 9)
  • Alpharetta High School – 1660 (No. 10)
  • Riverwood International Charter School – 1631 (No. 15)

While Northview technically ranks second in the state, the higher-scoring school had only 103 students taking the test. By comparison, 507 Alpharetta students and 579 Milton students took the SAT in 2012. Cambridge High wasn't open when the test was offered.

Fulton County Schools’ 2012 scores increased an overall 20 points from its 2011 score. Scores also rose seven points in reading, seven points in math, and six points in the writing section, whereas the state and national scores either fell or increased marginally.

“One of our strategic goals is to make sure that students graduate our schools ready for college. Seeing our overall score rise by 20 points shows we’re heading in the right direction,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “It’s encouraging to see many of our schools’ scores going up, but just as importantly we need to provide support to those schools whose scores are lagging or not moving along fast enough.”

In 2012, Fulton students surpassed their Georgia counterparts by 34 points in reading, 47 points in math and 47 points in writing, for an overall total of 128 points above the state average. Students also passed their national peers in reading by 26 points, in math by 22 points and in writing by 34 points. Overall, Fulton exceeded the national average by 82 points.

Many schools reported increases from the previous year, including four of the six high schools located in South Fulton. Westlake High School increased its score by 24 points and Langston Hughes rose by 19 points. In North Fulton, Johns Creek High School, which experienced a jump in students taking the test, posted a 134-point gain while four other schools reported double-digit increases:

  • Johns Creek High School – 134 points
  • Roswell High School – 32 points
  • Independence High School – 25 points
  • Westlake High School – 24 points 
  • Milton High School – 22 points
  • Langston Hughes High School – 19 points
  • Northview High School – 18 points
  • Creekside High School – 9 points
  • Tri-Cities High School – 2 points

In addition, five recent graduates earned perfect 2400 scores on the reading, math and writing sections of the exam, and six students earned perfect scores on the reading and math sections.

The percentage of students taking the SAT also remains high throughout the school system, with 88 percent of Fulton’s 2012 graduating class taking the test as compared to the Georgia’s 81 percent participation rate. In recent years, Fulton has seen a trend of students taking both the SAT and the ACT for college entrance, with the 2012 ACT participation rising to 58 percent.

The SAT is a college entrance exam that is developed, administered and scored by The College Board. It is designed to test the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college. The test has three sections – critical reading, mathematics and writing – each worth 800 points, for a highest possible score of 2400.

See the PDF accompanying this article for a breakdown of your school's scores.

Steve Youngblood September 26, 2012 at 07:21 PM
The Center for an Educated Georgia shows us at 46th in on-time graduation, 38th in 8th grade math proficiency. When my oldest son was born, the graduation rate in Georgia was at 70%. When he graduated, it had declined to 67%. According to Maureen Downey at the AJC, Georgia gets an F in its most public of duties — status of k-12 achievement. The state also gets a D- for its spending. http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/01/12/georgia-earns-a-7th-place-ranking-nice-to-see-us-up-there-with-new-york-and-massachusetts-for-a-change/. We're 35th in Providing Opportunities to Succeed according to EducationWeek's 1/11/2012 report. I have found various national rankings putting us between 40% and 48% overall.
Steve Youngblood September 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Today, charter schools funded by the state are funded of an average of the LOWEST 5 DISTRICTS IN THE STATE. So, a charter school in North Fulton would be cheaper than a Fulton County school. That's not stupid, that's smart. I want better outcomes for less money. Not the other way around. That's VERY SMART. And if the school stinks and doesn't produce, heads need to roll. Staff fired, all the way up the line. Or, the entire school shut down. Can't do that today. Thus, we need competition. I want schools that are accountable. Again, all you talk about is what you have in North Fulton. That's because all you care about is what's just within your very short field of view. Yes, companies do move here. What about those that have not? What about those that don't move to Georgia? Oh, right, you don't live in Georgia, you live in Alpharetta. I sure wish this had been here in force when my kids could have benefited from it. We need pressure on the districts to do way more for less. Better graduation rates, higher scores, lower salaries, more music programs, more math programs, more science programs. From K-12. From Dalton to Valdosta to Statesboro to Gainesville. If someone else can do more, better for less. Sign them up and demand the other schools compete or risk losing their students and funding to superior schools.
Steve Youngblood September 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
We need the state to help us wrestle the power from the bloated and ineffective school systems and give it back to the taxpayers/parents for the benefit of the children of Georgia. No more liberal union-like power mongers.
Elizabeth Hooper September 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Please. Since when is "the state" concerned about ALL Georgia's children? To reiterate; 1) we have a law in place that allows charter petitioners who feel they have been unfairly denied by a local board to seek approval from the State BOE - we already have 2 appointed bodies at the state level who give input on charter school issues and petitions. 2)This amendment does ONE new thing - it allows charter petitioners to declare a state-wide attendeance zone (ANY petitioner, not just a virtual school) can bypass a local board. It clears the way for EMO's like Charter Schools USA to buy land and go straight to the commission with their petition. By giving the General Assembly this power, "for-profit" companies can rest assured that their business model and ability to replicate will never be challenged again. They gain and the voters lose. Please stop confusing people - GCSA has printed misleading materials. Look at your brochure - it says all petitioners MUST go thru a local board first. Andrew Lewis admitted to me in person last Tuesday that there were errors. We asked him, for the sake of the parents and their children, to correct those errors. We have charter schools - that's not what this debate is about. It's about money.
Andrew Lewis September 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Elizabeth, I amitted nothing of the sort. I told you there are many areas we do not see eye to eye on and I would certainly look at any area she felt was misleading. I have reviewed the information you pointed out regarding the process by which charter schools will get approved by a state commission and I stand by every word. I will not comment on this blog again as I now see you for your true colors; someone who twists the words of good people like Jan Jones, Tony Roberts, and others for your own agenda. Shame on you Ms. Hopper. Shame on you and your snake like tactics.

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