Of course, it always helps to have some evidence to back up a thesis. Last week I received evidence in the form of an article from the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). The article, titled “Private Schools Boost National SAT Scores,” asserts that 2014 SAT scores are “stubbornly stuck at levels similar to those of other recent senior classes.” Of course this revelation is cause for national self-examination. More importantly, the article revealed that students from private schools make up a disproportionate number of SAT test takers, and their scores are significantly higher than students from public schools.
On average, within the world of private schools, independent schools score 60 points higher than religious schools and 186 points higher than public schools. These results confirm my long-held belief that an independent school education is worth the investment. But how do our students stack up in the world of independent education? I asked Julie Aavatasmark, our Director of College Counseling, to compare our Class of 2014 to the data provided by CAPE. The class was fairly typical in terms of academic achievement during their time at North Cross School and many of them decided to go to college “locally.” Twenty-two members are currently working through their freshmen year at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Roanoke College. The chart on the right shows what we found, and the results confirm our commitment to preparing our students for college. North Cross School SAT scores for the Class of 2014 were 63 points higher than the average independent school and 249 points higher than the public school average.
While SAT scores are but one metric for measuring our success rate, it remains one of the critical measurements used by selective and highly selective colleges and as such, we continue to use it as a basis for comparison.
Christian J. Proctor, Ph.D.
I was recently asked by a parent, “Why should I send my child to North Cross?” I am asked this frequently, and I usually reply with any one of a number of stock answers. For some reason this time, I chose to say that I felt North Cross was the only school in the Valley that is focused primarily on preparation for college—not the kind of answer that allows you to slip away and talk ACC basketball with someone else. The answer demanded a follow up discussion, so I spent some time explaining that we did not have religious education as a goal, nor did we have basic minimum state standards as a goal. From the day our students are welcomed onto our campus, our teachers and curriculum are focused on the college admissions process. Obviously, other schools in the Valley send students to good universities, but I stand by my thesis that we are alone in our primary focus.
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