This past year marked the end of the three-part SAT exam which measured ability in reading, mathematics, and writing. Each section was worth a potential 800 points making a perfect total of 2400 points. With the arrival of the new two-part exam and its significantly different question types, it will be more difficult to compare scores in the near future, so let me provide you with data from the last three years.
North Cross SAT Averages
A couple of things jump out at me, the kinds of things that make good conversation when talking to your public school friends. When looking at our three-year average, it is hard not to notice that our SAT scores are more than 300 points above the public school average. The quick response from your friends is going to be that “of course we are higher than public schools, as all of our students are college bound.” Please point out that we are looking at SAT scores, a test only taken by those public school students who are college bound. In most years, approximately two-thirds of all public school graduates will attend a two-year college or a four-year college or university.
Then they will say, “North Cross School gets to select its students and public schools must take the students that show up on the first day.” Yes, but then you will point out that North Cross School averages 180 points higher than religious schools and 120 points higher than other independent schools. We do get to choose our students, but it is gratifying to see that we still score higher than other schools with the same advantage.
No doubt, the parent you are speaking with has lower-school aged children, so they will reply “this is interesting” and they intend to consider North Cross for middle or upper school for their children, but for now, they are happy with their lower school. This is when you mention that graduates from North Cross School who began in our Early Childhood Program score significantly higher than those students who began here in later years. In fact, students beginning North Cross in ECP score, on average, 80 points higher than the School’s average. (Be sure to note that the School’s average is artificially inflated by the inclusion of our Fat Pencil graduates in the overall school average so the actual difference is much larger.)
I am taking a light-hearted approach to this subject, but it is true that attending a selective school with 100% college admissions, and having a creative and active faculty, are all incredible benefits for your children. SAT scores are just a number, but when added to our achievement on AP exams, our success in the arts and athletics, and our focus on the world, they make for graduates who achieve at very high levels—measured or not. More important, this comparison is further proof that there has never been a better time to be at North Cross.