Cherokee County sent out a release on its 2012 SAT scores, which, for all three testing areas, are the state’s highest.
The Cherokee County School District has posted the highest SAT district average score in the state of Georgia for 2012, based on an analysis of statewide data released on Monday by the state Department of Education and the College Board.
While internal analysis had shown the CCSD score, a 28-point increase from the 2011 average total, was the highest in the District’s history, a review of the scores across the state reveals CCSD to have the highest district-wide average as well, with a total score of 1587. The next closest district average for 2012 is 1580 (Fulton County).
“Congratulations to the students, parents, teachers and administrators on making Cherokee County School District No. 1 in the State of Georgia,” said Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo, Superintendent of Schools. “What is important about this distinction is that it shows our school district offers consistent academic quality throughout the county. Among our high schools, the difference from the highest to lowest SAT average this year is less than 50 points, which assures parents that no matter which high school their child attends, they are assured of having access to challenging coursework and academic rigor that will prepare them for the future.”
Among 450 high schools in Georgia, all five CCSD high schools ranked in the top 8 percent. Etowah HS was 16 in the state, followed by Cherokee HS at 23, Creekview HS at 25, Woodstock HS at 32 and Sequoyah HS at 35. All five schools posted an increase over 2011 scores. River Ridge HS will post its first SAT scores with its inaugural senior class in 2013.
In my 25 years in Atlanta, I have seen an incredible transformation in Cherokee, which has become noted for its schools. I saw that at a lacrosse game years ago against a Cherokee-based team. I talked to some of the parents who had moved to Georgia from the Northeast — and they chose to live in Cherokee for the schools.
Congrats to the county for investing in its schools. Keep it up.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog