Despite the national trend of dipping SAT scores, Beaufort Academy students once again excelled, exceeding the national average by 295 points. All BA students take the nationally-administered Scholastic Assessment Test by the College Board, and the Class of 2014 scored a cumulative 1,792 on the three parts of the exam last spring. In comparison: BA: 1,792; U.S.: 1,497; SC: 1,429; BCSD: 1,424.
In addition to a high average for the BA Class of 2014, BA Class of 2014 alumna Rebecca Strawn scored a perfect 800 on the Critical Reading portion of the exam.
According to the College Board, the SAT is a key piece of the college admissions process, and while there is an increase in overall participation, overall performance has remained stagnant; not quite 43% of SAT takers in the class of 2014 met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark score of 1550. Of BA graduates, 87% met or exceeded the benchmark score. The SAT Benchmark score of 1550 (Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing score combined) indicates a 65% likelihood of achieving a B- average or higher during the first year of college, which in turn is indicative of a high likelihood of college success and completion.
“At Beaufort Academy our mission is to provide the knowledge and the skills for each student to reach his or her greatest potential as they prepare for college and for life. These test scores are reflective of the hard work of the entire BA community to realize this mission. While a score on a single test is not an indicator of overall preparedness for college, we can rest assured that our students can excel in college if they apply the skills that they have acquired during their time here. We are quite proud of our class of 2014 and are pleased that they continued the Beaufort Academy tradition of 100% college matriculation,” said Stephen Schools, BA Head of School.