A handful of North Phoenix high school students[see photos below] scored better than 99 percent of students nationally on the ACT, a standardized exam used for college admissions.
“The average composite score of the more than two million American students who took the ACT last year was 21,” explained Monica Allread, spokesperson for Deer Valley Unified School District. “Those who score a 34 or better on the ACT are in the 99th percentile—the top 1 percent of test takers.”
Eight DVUSD students across three North Phoenix high schools scored 34 or better:
Barry Goldwater High School:
Boulder Creek High School:
Sandra Day O’Connor High School:
DVUSD provides funding for every junior in the district to take the test, which “provides data for the district and the schools to use in evaluating the effectiveness of curriculum and programs in preparing students for college and careers,” Allread said.
(Not all students pictured)