Mira Loma High students outperformed their peers at every other Sacramento-area high school on the SAT during the 2015-2016 school year, according to new figures from the California Department of Education.
About half of Mira Loma’s 12th-graders took the SAT, a college entrance exam. They scored, on average, 1823 out of 2400. The average score at Mira Loma, which is in Arden-Arcade, was better than 83 percent of students nationwide who take the exam.
Davis Senior High did the next best with an average score of 1778. Davis’s achievement may be more impressive than Mira Loma’s because 76 percent of its 12th-graders took the exam.
Three other schools posted average scores above 1700: Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy in Rocklin and Granite Bay High.
Schools with high SAT scores tended to have a low percentage of students living in poverty. About 15 percent of students, on average, at the 10 schools with the highest SAT scores were eligible for free or reduced lunch, compared with 80 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch at the ten schools with the lowest SAT scores.
The data reflects the last year that the SAT was graded on a 2400-point scale. It’s now graded on a 1600-point scale.
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