Written by Beth O'Donnell, Asst. Superintendent for Instruction Sunday, 26 August 2012 11:13
Wakulla High School’s Senior Class of 2012 outscored their counterparts in Florida on the American College Test (ACT) in all areas tested: English, mathematics, reading, science, and the composite score.This is one of the common tests used for college entrance.
The number of WHS seniors taking the ACT has increased over the past two years from 129 students in 2010 to 147 in 2012. More participation is partly due to WHS offering the ACT on the WHS campus twice a year instead of students having to drive to Tallahassee. In addition, students are encouraged to take the ACT and/or the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) in order to broaden their options for after high school.
On the ACT, WHS students averaged 19.2 in English (state 18.9). In mathematics, WHS was at 20.5 (state 20.0). WHS reading scores averaged 20.8 (state 20.5). WHS science scores came in at 20.0 (state 19.3). The overall composite score for WHS graduates was 20.2 (state 19.8).
WHS students who completed the highest sequence of math courses while in high school, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Advanced Placement Calculus, averaged an ACT math score of 28.0 over the state average of 22.6.
Students can prepare for doing well on the ACT and on other college entrance exams by taking advantage of the rigorous curricula offered at Wakulla High School such as Advanced Placement and college dual enrollment courses.
Advanced Placement courses are high school classes taught at a challenging college level with an internationally recognized standardized test at the end of the course. Students earn high school credits and can also earn college credits through the AP tests.
WHS offerings include AP Calculus; AP Biology; AP Psychology; AP English Language and Composition; AP English Literature and Composition; AP United States History; AP United States Government; AP Macroeconomics; AP World History; AP Art History; AP Environmental Science; and AP Statistics. New for 2012-2013 is AP Computer Science.
“The rigor of our Advanced Placement classes and dual enrollment college courses available to WHS students is essential to increase students’ readiness for college and careers,” stated Superintendent David Miller. “As our College Board representative Brian Barnes notes, ‘College may not be for everyone but knowledge is.’ We want our Wakulla students to be competitive with any student from any other district, state, or country, no matter what career path they choose.”
Wakulla High School has increased information and awareness efforts, including Parent Nights several times a year and mail outs showing the potential of students to succeed in Advanced Placement classes. Students will be better prepared to score higher on the ACT and on the SAT if they have chosen a challenging course of studies. Most importantly, they will be better prepared to succeed in college and in their careers.
For more information on taking the ACT or the SAT, contact the Wakulla High School Guidance Department at 926-2221 or WHS Assistant Principal of Curriculum Sunny Chancy at 926-7125 (email@example.com).
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