Gwinnett schools out perform state on SAT


Recently-released SAT scores for Gwinnett County Public Schools showed that the Class of 2019 continued the trend of outperforming their peers across the state and the nation.

Gwinnett’s average on the SAT topped state and national averages on both sections (Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and Math) of the test. Gwinnett’s average score of 1094 was 55 points higher than the national average and 46 points higher than the state’s score of 1048. The district’s average on the SAT did decrease slightly, mirroring decreases at the state and national levels.

With 8,891 students taking the SAT, school officials shared these highlights:

• Gwinnett’s average composite score on the SAT is 1094, a combination of the average Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing score of 549 and the average Mathematics score of 545. (Possible scores range from 200 to 800 on each section. The highest possible composite score is 1600.)

• SAT scores at seven GCPS high schools — Collins Hill; Gwinnett Online Campus; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; North Gwinnett; Peachtree Ridge; Shiloh; and South Gwinnett — increased.

• Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology’s score of 1375 came in at No. 1, topping SAT scores in the state. Seven other Gwinnett schools ranked in the top 50 — North Gwinnett at No. 12, Gwinnett Online Campus at No. 26, Brookwood at No. 31, Peachtree Ridge at No. 35, Mill Creek at No. 37, Collins Hill at No. 45 and Parkview at No. 49.

• Brookwood, Mill Creek, and North Gwinnett high schools had the most test-takers in the state with 739, 675, and 634.

Principal IV Bray had nothing but praise for the students’ accomplishements. "Our entire school community is thankful for the opportunity to represent Gwinnett County Public Schools at the top of this list. We had 184 graduates last year so the 175 SAT-takers is over 95% of our senior class for 2019," he said. "I would attribute our continuous improvement on this assessment to the intentional focus on professional growth and development of all of our teachers at GSMST. All schools in Gwinnett County understand the positive impact that high functioning instructional teams can have on student performance and that is very important in our school as well."