Riverwood scores high on tests

Riverwood International Charter School was listed among the state public-school leaders in ACT and SAT scoring, according to reports on 2009 scores released by Fulton County Schools.

Riverwood has average scores of 25.0 in the ACT and 1688 in the SAT, both of which were among the state’s best and well ahead of national averages.

The school’s composite ACT score was just behind the state’s top performer (Chattahoochee, 25.2, also a Fulton school) and significantly better than the state and national scores of 20.6 and 21.1. ACT scores range from 0 to 36. A composite score is an average of scores in English, Math, Reading and Science.

Riverwood’s SAT score of 1,688 was fifth in the state, and better than Fulton County (1584), state (1460) and national (1509) averages. The SAT figure was 72 points better than 2008. A perfect SAT score is 2400.

North Springs, on the other hand, saw a decrease in its SAT scores, from 1570 in 2008 to 1545 in 2009, but an increase in the ACT, from 21.9 to 22.3. Both scores were above state and national averages.

Fulton County fared well collectively in SAT scores, with seven schools listed in the top 20 in the state, the most schools ranked so high of any other county.

“We are pleased that our SAT average continues to significantly surpass the state and nation. While being 75 points above the national average is outstanding, we know there are more opportunities to challenge students,” said Superintendent Cindy Loe, Ph.D. “We’re not just looking at how to improve test scores; we’re looking at how we can provide students a more rigorous educational experience, such as increased access to honors classes and Advanced Placement courses. We know that these courses help prepare students for the SAT and a college-level curriculum.”

Fulton County schools had a composite ACT scored of 22.2, which also bettered state and national averages.

Marist raises funds for hospice

Marist’s volleyball team is raising money for the Hospice Atlanta, a division of Visiting Nurse. Proceeds from ticket and T-shirt sales from an Aug. 22 event and from an Oct. 1 match that includes St. Pius will benefit the non-profit organization, which offers quality home and end-of-life care to patients and their families both in their homes and at the 36-bed Hospice Atlanta Center in Brookhaven.

“Several people connected with Marist School have been touched by hospice recently,” said Stanley A. Sharp, a member of Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta’s board of directors and chairman of the Parent Annual Fund of Marist School, “including Lady War Eagle coach Anna Bush, whose mother was lovingly cared for by the Hospice Atlanta team at the end of her life. This is one small way for us and the girls to give back.”