MVRHS class of 2014 performs well on SAT, AP exams

The search for a new Martha's Vineyard Regional High School principal is down to two candidates. — File photo by Susan Safford

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) class of 2014 outperformed their peers at the state, New England, and national levels 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 153 graduates in the class of 2014, 127 students, or 83 percent, took the SAT. As a group, the students outperformed their peers in mean scores in critical reading, math, and writing at the state, New England (using 2013 results since 2014 was not released yet), and national level, Mr. McCarthy said.

In addition, he gave out the results of the class’s advancement placement (AP) testing results. Every student enrolled in an advanced placement course was required to take the corresponding exam.

Sixty-six percent of the students that took the AP exams scored a 3 or above, with 5 being the highest score.

Although most colleges and universities don’t give students credits for passing AP tests anymore, as Mr. McCarthy has explained in previous presentations, in most cases they are allowed to bypass prerequisite courses, which reduces the number of general education courses they 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 79 percent of the class of 2014 graduates planned to continue their education, with 105 heading to four-year colleges and 16 to two-year colleges and technology and college preparatory schools. Of the remainder, 24 took jobs, five went into military service and three chose other plans, such as travel.