For Immediate Release
September 28, 2012
Community Relations Specialist
Charlottesville City Schools
CHS Juniors and Seniors Rank Among the Best in Tests
In tests given to high school juniors and seniors across the country, CHS students are consistently coming out on top.
SAT Scores and Advanced Placement Tests
Virginia’s 2012 public school graduates outperformed their peers nationwide, while Charlottesville High School students performed well above state and national averages for reading, writing, and math, according to recent Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results from the Virginia Department of Education. CHS students who took the 2012 test had a mean average score of 546 on the critical reading test, 530 for math, and 534 on the writing test.
2012 SAT mean scores
Additionally, 77% of Advanced Placement tests in 2012 by CHS students received passing grades of 3, 4, or 5, and the number of students who take college prepatory tests has increased at CHS. Student success on the SAT and AP tests were fostered by the ongoing preparation that CHS staff offers to students through rigorous courses, excellent teachers, PSAT testing, and the school’s college-going culture, according to Dr. Thomas Taylor, principal of Charlottesville High School.
National Merit Program
Four Charlottesville High School seniors have been named Semi-Finalists and twenty-four others have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. With a 2013 graduating class of approximately 280 students, the group constitutes 10% of the CHS seniors.
The four semifinalists—Anthony Kahn, Charlotte Keeley, Emily Keeley, and Kate Seidel—are eligible for finalist status and scholarship awards. Commended students are recognized for “exceptional academic promise” based on their outstanding performance on last year’s tests, taken during one’s junior year.
See a full list of 2012 Commended National Merit CHS students here.
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