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.