Cherokee High School Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score!

Cherokee High School Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score!

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Emily Costello

A Cherokee County School District senior has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Cherokee High School senior Emily Costello earned the top composite score of 36 on the college entrance and placement test during its September administration.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score!

Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead, according to ACT. The exam includes English, mathematics, reading and science sections; each section is scored on a scale of 1-36, and the composite score is the average of the four.

In addition to this accomplishment, Emily is currently one of the top 10 students in the Cherokee HS Class of 2018, an All-County Swim Team member and four-time State qualifier, and a Georgia Music Educators Association All State Band and District Honor Band selection, playing first chair oboe.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Alpha-Gamma Service Club, Student Government Association and Marching Band, serves an attorney for the school’s Region Champion Mock Trial team, and is one of the founders and event managers for this years’ TedxYouth event at Cherokee High.

A Superintendent’s Key Scholar, Emily earned the University of Georgia Merit Award, was selected for the Governor’s Honors Program as a sophomore in Music (Oboe) and Science, is a member of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and serves as a junior counselor for Georgia Tech Women in Engineering (TEC) Camp.

Emily will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board Meeting on November 16, 2017.

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CCSD Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score!

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Katherine Relick

A Cherokee County School District senior has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Woodstock High School senior Katherine Relick earned the top composite score of 36 on the college entrance and placement test.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Only 2,760 out of the more than 2 million students who took the exam in 2017 earned a score of 36.

Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead, according to ACT.  The exam includes English, mathematics, reading and science sections; each section is scored on a scale of 1-36, and the composite score is the average of the four.

In addition to this accomplishment, Katherine is her school’s Student Delegate to the School Board and Vice President of Student Government and a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Women in Science & Engineering, Science National Honors Society, Math National Honors Society and Giving Children Hope Club, for which she serves as President.

A Superintendent’s Key Scholar, Katherine has earned the University of Georgia Merit Award, was selected for and completed the Teen Leadership Cherokee program and volunteers as an Anna Crawford Children’s Center Student Advisor and for SPLASH (a volunteer group that teaches children with special needs to swim), Cherokee Family Violence Center and as a Sunday school teacher for her church.

Katherine will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board Meeting on October 19, 2017.

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CCSD Class of 2017 Earns Record High Scores on ACT

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The Cherokee County School District continues to excel at preparing students for college and career success!

Scores released today show the Class of 2017 exceeded previous record high averages on the challenging ACT college entrance and placement examination. The students’ performance on the test also continues to top National and State averages!

“Our mission is to ‘educate the emerging generation’ in preparation for the challenges of higher education and the workplace, and these results show our community that our teachers are achieving that goal,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We are so proud of these students and their teachers, and we are so grateful for the leadership of our School Board and the support of our community that enables us to continuously exceed expectations!”

The CCSD average ACT composite/total score on the curriculum-based test is 23.2, rising from 23.1 last year and from 20.8 over the past decade; the State average increased to 21.4 (now ranked as the fifth in the U.S. among states that test at least half their students), and the National average rose to 21. Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36; the ACT is taken in lieu of or along with the SAT. Class of 2017 SAT scores are expected to be released later this month.

The CCSD Class of 2017 earned the system’s highest-ever scores across all subjects: Reading (24), English (22.9), Math (22.3) and Science (23) – and all of these subject scores exceed State and National averages. The number of CCSD seniors taking the ACT also climbed to 1,688, up from 1,623 the previous year.

When CCSD students enter college, according to State data, they also are more prepared than their peers, as 91.5 percent of graduates who enroll in a state college or university don’t need a single remedial class.

School and individual student ACT results are closely reviewed by Principals and their leadership and data-management teams to develop instructional improvement plans. Counselors also use the data to refine recommendations as to which entrance exams best position individual students for college admission and scholarship success. The ACT will be administered in CCSD this year on Sept. 9, Oct. 28, Dec. 9 and Feb. 10.

“While we celebrate these results, we remain focused on ensuring every student receives the best education possible and fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to us by their parents,” Dr. Hightower said. “Our country’s public schools provide a vital service to 51 million students and their families, and I believe there’s no greater public school system in our country than the one we have here in our community. We care about your children. We care about your children’s future. We care about your children’s future success.”

ACT Scores Chart

ACT Scores Chart

ACT Scores Chart


CCSD Seventh-Graders Recognized by Duke University

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Duke TIP logoMore than 30 Cherokee County School District seventh-graders have been recognized by Duke University for their SAT and ACT scores!

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) supports academically talented seventh-graders who have previously scored at or above the 95th percentile on a standardized test such as CogAT by providing them with the opportunity to take the SAT and ACT, which are college-entrance exams designed for above-average 11th- and 12th-grade students.

This year, 116 CCSD students participated in the program, with 31 students earning State-level honors, and two students – Justin Bolsen of Creekland MS and Sophie Williams of Freedom MS — additionally earning Grand-level recognition.

These students were invited to a Duke University Recognition Ceremony and will be recognized by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at today’s School Board meeting.

The CCSD honorees are:

Creekland MS
Justin Bolsen, Jessica Hickman, Joshua Mays, Callahan Pace, Ciana Ruggiero

Dean Rusk MS
Adam Brooks, George Chemmala, Thomas Nguyen

E.T. Booth MS
Joseph Didzbalis, Samantha Sapere, Kyleigh Wallace

Freedom MS
Naomi Clark, Audrey Edwards, Ayden Fountain, Gabriela Isaac, Connor MacMillan, Brendan Stewart, Will Sumner, Grace Webb, Sophie Williams and Everett Wise

Mill Creek MS
Autumn Bailey, Sarah Fraser, Dylan Herrick, Rachel Kim, Carter Macdonald, Carson Portis, Matthew Stevens, James Tham, Megan Wasson

Teasley MS
Lauren Kinney, Madi Mathews

Woodstock MS
Tyler Haleblian


Etowah HS Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score

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Etowah High School senior Nathan Baker has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Nathan Baker

Nathan earned the top composite score of 36 on a recent administration of the college entrance and placement test.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score.  Only 2,235 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the exam in 2016 earned a score of 36, according to ACT.

“[This] achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said.

The ACT includes English, mathematics, reading and science sections; each section is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four.  Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but that score is reported separately and is not included within the composite.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges.  Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead, according to ACT.

Nathan will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board Meeting on Feb. 2, 2017.


CCSD Earns Highest-Ever Scores on ACT

Snapshot: CCSD 2016 ACT and SAT Results

The Class of 2016 earned the Cherokee County School District’s highest-ever scores on the challenging ACT college entrance and placement examination, continuing to rank the system in the top five in the State and topping the National average.

The CCSD average ACT composite/total score on the curriculum-based test is 23.1, rising from 22.7 last year and from 20.8 over the past decade; the State average increased to 21.1 and the National average declined slightly to 20.8.  Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36; the ACT is taken in lieu of or along with the SAT.

The CCSD Class of 2016 earned the system’s highest-ever scores in the English (22.8), Reading (23.9) and Science (22.9) sections, with averages for those three areas increasing from the previous year, and Math holding steady at 22.1 – all of these subject scores exceed State and National averages.  The number of CCSD seniors who took the ACT also soared to 1,623 – 62% of the senior class – a jump from 1,450 and 59% the previous year.

ACT 2016 Chart

CCSD 2016 ACT Results Chart

CCSD Principals will evaluate these results with leadership and data-management teams to determine instructional areas to target for improvement.  Counselors will review these scores to ensure the best testing choices are recommended to students for college admission and scholarship success.  The ACT will be administered in CCSD this year on Sept. 10, Oct. 22, Dec. 10, Feb. 11, April 8 and June 10.

“We firmly believe that our students and teachers are not numbers, and that a successful education cannot be defined only by achieving high test scores,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Results such as these ACT scores do provide a useful benchmark for a wider evaluation of teaching and learning… and we are very proud that our students and teachers continue to excel at such an impressive level!”

“We appreciate all of the effort it takes to succeed at this height: dedicated students and supportive families working together with our CCSD team of teachers at every grade level, support staff, administrators, volunteers and partners, and a community that has supported investing in education through renewal of our Education SPLOST,” he added.

Another benchmark that goes hand-in-hand with these results is the State data that shows when CCSD students enter college, they are more prepared than their peers: 90 percent of recent CCSD graduates who enrolled in a state college or university (9,100 students) did not need a single remedial class.

“We remain focused on the progress of every student and ‘Educating the Emerging Generation’ for the next step in their lives, whichever path they choose!” Dr. Hightower said.