More on the SAT scores.

Some of the top scoring schools are rather diverse:

Contrary to a common perception, the top-scoring SAT schools do not serve only white students. DeKalb School of the Arts, a magnet school also known for intense parental involvement, is 65 percent African-American. Its average, 1679, is third-highest.

Magnet schools such as Davidson Magnet in Richmond County — No. 1 on the list with an average of 1752 — and schools with magnet programs such as Chamblee High (No. 6, 1666) have an advantage, because they have selection criteria. But schools that serve a general population can also excel. Fulton County’s North Springs High’s average of 1647 landed the school in 10th place. The school is about 45 percent white and 40 percent African-American. About a quarter of its students qualify for subsidized lunch, according to the state Department of Education.


  1. gougademos says:

    North Springs does serve the general population – but it too is also a Math/Science/Arts magnet.

  2. Senator Eric Johnson says:

    I am told that one thing missed in this announcement is that Georgia’s PUBLIC schools rank 44. ALL schools (private and home) ranked 46.

  3. Overincorporated Fulton says:

    I am proud to be a graduate of one of these high-achieving, diverse high schools. Their models should be replicated to the greatest extent possible.

  4. LINDA says:

    At the same time, our state was touting the fact that we scored worse than nearly 90% of the rest of the United States on the SAT, several colleges were reporting that the SAT and the ACT may be dropped for college admission criteria.

    I believe that we are merely a state that is now teaching the tests, and students are learning less and less in school. Anyone can take tests over and over and learn the answers without mastering the subject level. The colleges are on to the flawed education process that is taking place as a result of the “No Child Left Behind” initiative that is a disaster.

  5. Eric, I guess when the SAT’s essay question is “Tell us what you learned the 15 days you skipped ‘school’ to protest abortion at the capitol and the inability of homeschoolers to play sports on the public school teams in their county” the Georgia home schoolers will probably shoot to #1 in the nation.

  6. rugby_fan says:

    debbie and I agree…the only thing that matters in Public School performance is parental involvement. Plain. And. Simple.

    There was an article in the Boston Observer that deconstructed arguments claiming to find “the magic variable” in school performance that was particularly edifying.

    I think I need to lie down after typing “debbie and I agree…” 😀

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