Local high schools had mostly strong results in the American College Testing (ACT) exam, according to scores released today by the Georgia Department of Education.

The ACT is an alternative to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and the highest score one can get is 36. Five of the area’s six public high schools exceeded the state average, which, at 21.4, is the same as 2017. Also, four of the six schools raised their scores compared to last year.

Chamblee led the way with a score of 25.2, slightly higher than last year’s mark of 24.9. It was followed by Sandy Springs’ Riverwood, which had a score of 23.3, half a point lower than its 2017 score; Buckhead’s North Atlanta, which had a score of 27.4, 0.3 points above last year’s mark; Sandy Springs’ North Springs, which had a score of 21.7, 0.5 points above its 2017 score; Smyrna’s Campbell, which serves Vinings residents and had a score of 21.5, 0.2 points above last year’s mark; and Brookhaven’s Cross Keys, which had a score of 19.4, 1.9 points above its 2017 score.

North Atlanta and Chamblee scored above their districts’ averages, but Campbell, Cross Keys, North Springs and Riverwood scored below them.

On the statewide level, Georgia’s average composite score ranked 24th nationally and was higher, for the third consecutive year and the third time in state history, than the national average. Georgia also outperformed the nation in English, reading, science and mathematics.

ACT scores

Editor’s note: Below are local schools’ ACT scores for 2018, on the district and school levels. Schools whose scores are listed as “NA” did not have enough test takers to qualify for a school-level score.

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