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Local SAT scores above average

The Tahoe-Truckee High School Class of 2000 scored above the California and national averages on the SAT and ACT tests.

TTHS Class of 2000 seniors who took both the SAT-I and SAT -II, college-bound reasoning tests, had an average score of 548 on verbal and 568 on math, a total average score of 1,116. Students who took only the SAT-I had an average score of 509 on verbal and 529 on math, a total average score of 1,038. Forty-six students in the Class of 2000 took both the SAT-I and II tests.

Sixty-nine TTHS Class of 2000 students took the ACT and scored above the state and national averages of Class of 2000 graduates in almost every subject area.

“I’ve been pleased for about the last eight years with our test scores,” TTHS Principal Dennis LeBlanc said. “The students have really stepped up because the teachers are really putting the pressure on and doing a great job in preparing them.”

He added that SAT scores have been improving since block scheduling was implemented at the high school. Block scheduling is in its sixth year this year.

“SAT scores vary with each class from year to year,” he said. “Each class has a different profile and personality.”

LeBlanc is also pleased with the the number of students who are taking Advanced Placement tests and passing, which gives them college credits in the subject area tested; but is trying to push even more AP students to take the tests.

In AP biology, six students took the AP test last year and passed with a score of three or better.

“We have about 12 to 14 students who take AP biology,” LeBlanc said. “We’re making a big effort to make everyone who takes and AP class to take the test.”

Twenty-two AP English took the test, and 16 passed last year. In AP French, four out of six students passed the test; in Spanish, seven out of nine students passed.

“We don’t even offer AP calculus, and three students took the AP test and passed,” LeBlanc said. The TTHS calculus teacher will gives students who are interested the AP calculus curriculum, he explained.

“We think these numbers look pretty good, but we’re still trying to get more of those students to take the AP test,” he said. The AP tests are not required but strongly encouraged.

According to a Class of 2000 profile put together by TTHS staff, 44 percent of graduates planned to attend four-year colleges and universities; 31 percent planned to attend community or junior colleges; 3 planned to attend vocational school for specialized training; 9 percent planned to enter the work force on a full-time basis; 1 percent planned to enter the military; and 12 percent were undetermined. These figures were prepared early in the summer based on student questionnaires.

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