Regional High School class of 2013 outperforms all others on SAT, AP scores


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) class of 2013 scored the highest of all classes in the school’s history on the SAT, the standardized test for U.S. college admissions. High school guidance and counseling director Michael McCarthy provided the SAT results to the regional high school committee Monday night.

Of 181 graduates in the class of 2013, 154 students, or 85 percent, took the SAT, the highest number for the high school to date. As a group, the students outperformed their peers in mean scores in critical reading, math, and writing at the state, New England, and national level, Mr. McCarthy said.

In addition, he gave out the results of the class’s advancement placement (AP) testing results, which also exceeded the school’s previous scores, as well as those at state and global levels. Every student enrolled in an advanced placement course was required to take the corresponding exam.

Eighty-four percent of the students that took the AP exams scored a three or above, with 5 being the highest score. “That’s real good news for us,” Mr. McCarthy said.

Although most colleges and universities don’t give students credits for passing the AP tests anymore, Mr. McCarthy said in most cases they are allowed to bypass prerequisite courses, which reduces the number of general education courses they would have to take.

Mr. McCarthy also gave school committee members a copy of the high school’s profile that is sent out to colleges, trade schools, and employers with students’ transcripts.

The school profile notes that 86 percent of the class of 2013 graduates planned to continue their education, with 140 heading to four-year colleges and 16 to two-year colleges and technology schools. Of the remainder, 23 took jobs, 1 went into military service and 1 chose other plans.