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South, North lead way on SAT
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Forsyth County News
The Forsyth County school district and all of its high schools topped the state’s average SAT score for 2009.

The system marked the occasion Tuesday by presenting two honors.

South Forsyth High School is this year’s recipient of the first SAT 2400 Challenge Cup for highest overall score in the county.

The school increased 37 points over last year’s score for total critical reading, math and writing.

North Forsyth High School received the first Superintendent’s Award of Excellence. The school’s total critical reading, math and writing scores increased by 23 points.

Superintendent Buster Evans said in a statement that the district was pleased with the scores.

“There is still room for improvement in our scores and we remain steadfast in our goal to increase SAT scores as we remain one of the top performing districts in Georgia,” he said.

“Though our overall number of SAT test takers has decreased slightly across the district, we increased our ACT test takers by 135 students.

"We credit our dedicated teachers and staff for preparing students for the right tool that best suits their post-secondary needs.”

The SAT is an aptitude test that measures a student’s verbal and math abilities. The ACT measures what a student has learned from high school classes in English, reading, math and science.

Both are often used as entrance exams for many colleges and universities.

South Principal Jason Branch said in the statement that the school was “extremely pleased with this tremendous academic achievement.”

“These SAT scores are the highest at South Forsyth High School in our 20-year history and a testament to a student body and teaching staff that are clearly some of the best in the nation,” he said. “Our commitment to consistent and constant improvement is a benchmark at South and in Forsyth County.”

He also said the support the school has received in the 2400 Challenge was exceptional.

“We could not be more pleased with our community of learners,” he said.

Last week the district announced that it led the state in ACT scores, tallying 23.1 in a composite score of all four subject areas of the test.

The composite score ranges from 1 to 36. The state average was 20.6 and the national average was 21.1.

South scored 24.1, which led the district and was eighth best in the state on the individual school level.