For the fifth consecutive year, WJCC’s graduating seniors outpaced their peers on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The SAT is used by many colleges and universities as an indicator of college readiness and academic performance.

“The WJCC Schools Class of 2019 earned an average mean score of 1135 which is 16 points higher than the State average and 76 points higher than the average of all 2019 high school graduates nationwide,” explained Dr. Christopher Kelly, coordinator for accountability and assessment. “That means, on average, they achieved at a higher level and outpaced their peers in public, private, and parochial schools across the country as well as home-schooled students.”

WJCC’s graduating seniors did better on individual math and reading/writing sections of the SAT as well. The chart below shows a comparison of total mean scores as well as mean scores for each section of the test.

YearMean Total Score (400-1600)Reading and WritingMath
WJCCVirginiaNationWJCCVirginiaNationWJCCVirginiaNation
2019113511191059577567531558551528
2018113311171068575567536558550531
2017113611021070576560538560541533

“We are delighted that WJCC Schools students have once again outperformed their peers across Virginia and the nation on the SAT,” said WJCC School Board Chair Lisa Ownby. “The school division has been purposeful in expanding access to online resources and opportunities for students to take the PSAT 8/9, PSAT, and SAT. Their performance on the SAT is a positive indicator of our students’ readiness to enter college and workplace after they graduate from our schools.”

Beginning last school year, all WJCC Schools 9th-grade students became eligible to take the PSAT 8/9 at no cost to families. Doing so allows them to have access to the College Board’s career exploration tool and targeted online resources from Khan Academy.