NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Principal Bryan Luizzi is happy with the performance of New Canaan High School students who took the SAT exam this year.
New Canaan students were again top performers on the primary college entrance exam. The mean critical reading score for the 306 students who tested was 591, according to information received from The College Board. The mean New Canaan score on the math portion was 604, while students had a mean score of 600 score on the writing portion of the test. The scores compare favorably to last year. New Canaan High students in 2011 registered mean scores of 589 on the reading portion of the exam, 608 for the math section and 597 on the writing portion.
The 2012 scores are among the tops in the state as well as high among schools in New Canaan’s District Reference Group, which includes Darien, Wilton, Weston, Westport, Ridgefield and Region 9, comprised of Redding and Easton.
“We are pleased with the results, (but) we are always looking to do better,” said Luizzi, now in his second year at the high school. The scores are “one indication” of how New Canaan High is doing in preparing kids for the future, he said. “It’s positive for the teachers and the students as we prepare them for life after high school.”
New Canaan High does not have specific classes during the school day to prepare students to take the SAT, Luizzi said. It does host an evening class for students who want to prepare for an exam that usually causes some angst for teenagers with designs on going to college.
Superintendent Mary Kolek was also pleased at the scores and how they compare to the rest of the state and the reference group as well as the number of students who took the test. “The continuing strong performance on SAT and (advanced placement tests) validate the overall strength of our academic program and the quality of instruction provided to students across grades,” Kolek said.