Recent graduates of Durham Public Schools averaged 1,027 on the SAT college-entrance exam, 47 points below the state average of 1,074 for graduates of public North Carolina schools in 2017, according to the state Department of Public Instruction.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system had the highest average SAT score of any North Carolina school district at 1,231. The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, a public boarding school in Durham that serves gifted students from across the state, had the state’s highest average SAT score at 1,410.
In Durham, five schools – J.D. Clement Early College High School (1,081), Jordan High School (1,114), Durham School of the Arts (1,142), Middle College High School (1,076) and Riverside High School (1,077) – exceeded the state average.
The five schools that fell below the state average include City of Medicine Academy (997), Hillside High School (922), Northern High School ( 992), Southern School of Energy and Sustainability (881) and Hillside New Tech High School (967).
Scores for schools that had fewer than 10 graduates take the exam were not shared. The School for Creative Studies and alternative schools Durham Performance Learning Center and Lakeview School, fell into that category.
In Chapel Hill, East Chapel High School topped the district, posting an average score of 1,258. It was followed by Chapel High School with an average score of 1,223 and Carrboro High School with a score of 1,201.
The two high schools in Orange County also beat the state average: Cedar Ridge High School (1,187) and Orange High (1,079).
According to the state Department of Public Instruction, fewer North Carolina students are taking the SAT because the state requires and pays for all 11th-graders to take the ACT college-readiness exam, which is also widely used in college admissions.
The scores of the 44,325 graduates of the state’s public schools who took the exam represent about half of the state’s graduate for 2017. That’s an 8 percent decrease compared to the previous year when 48,327 graduates took the exam.
Because of changes to the test made in March 2016, College Board officials said the results of the class of 2017 set a new baseline for the SAT, so the scores are not comparable to those from the previous year.