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SAT scores shine
All 5 high schools trump state average
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County’s high schools continue to surpass the state in results on the SAT.

“We are pleased that school-level SAT scores continue to be above the state and national averages,” said Forsyth County School Superintendent Buster Evans. “Our district average and number of test takers also increased this year. However, there is always room for improvement.

“Student performance on the SAT opens doors for our graduates. We will continue our SAT 2400 Challenge to ensure we remain focused on preparing our students to do their best on this national assessment.”

The 2400 Challenge in an effort to lift the district to first in the state for SAT scores.

Students from the county’s five high schools — Forsyth Central, Lambert and North, South and West Forsyth — received an average score of 1568 out of 2400. That was an increase of six points over last year.

The state average rose five points to 1437 on the test, which measures developed skills through three, 800-possible-point sections in critical reading, math and writing. It is often used as an entrance exam for many colleges and universities.

Lambert appeared to be largely responsible for the increase.

The school’s average score increased 15 points, from 1594 to 1609.

Both Central and West lifted their scores three points over last year. That brought West’s average to 1567 and Central’s average to 1518, tying it with North, which saw no change from 2011.

The only local high school whose scores dipped was South, which fell from 1639 to 1606.

While the school still posted the second highest local results this year, a 33-point difference is cause for concern, said Cindy Salloum, system chief accountability officer.

“We don’t ever want to drop a single point, much less a set of points,” she said. “They will analyze it and they will deal with it.”

The change also meant South surrendered its three-year hold on the 2400 Challenge Cup for highest overall SAT scores in the county.

This year’s cup went to Lambert, which will also receive the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence for Greatest Gains.

“Attaining the 2400 Challenge Cups is a milestone that we will hold in honor as it represents thousands of tireless hours,” said Lambert Principal Gary Davison.

“These awards validate the exceptional work of students, staff and parents toward the goal of higher achievement. I am proud of all of the Lambert students.”

South Principal Jeff Cheney congratulated Lambert.

“Although we are disappointed that we lost the 2400 Challenge Cup … we recognize student scores will vary from year to year,” he said. “Our information indicates that Lambert High edged us this year by two points. 

“We know that our staff is very dedicated and will be working hard to get the cup back into our school next year.”         

Private schools have also learned their results.

Pinecrest Academy, a private Catholic school in south Forsyth, posted a 1718 SAT average score this year, up 34 points from the previous year, according to officials.

The increase likely was the result of the school increasing its SAT preparatory offerings, which were integrated into curriculum, said spokeswoman Vivian Heard.

The program will continue to expand this year, which Heard said will hopefully continue to reflect in the results.

“Pinecrest Academy strives to maximize the individual potential of each of our students,” said Principal Edward Lindekugel. “The SAT Scores of our class of 2012 were excellent.

“We expect the class of 2013 to widen that gap. Four seniors our of 51 in the class of 2013 have already been recognized as National Merit semifinalists.”