SAT scores lead the pack, G-AHS to offer prep classes

PAT FRIDGEN
ED RIFE

Greencastle-Antrim High School led its three neighboring school districts in SAT scores in 2011. The Pennsylvania Department of Education released the numbers recently, showing the 131 G-AHS juniors and seniors who took the standardized test for college admissions last year scored nine to 54 points higher than the other students.

Greencastle averaged 1,465 on the verbal, math and writing tests. The 129 Waynesboro students came in at 1,456; Chambersburg Area Senior High School's 331 students scored an average 1,438; and the 86 at Tuscarora were at 1,411. G-A also outpaced Shippensburg, 1,456, and Fannett-Metal, 1,380, to lead in Franklin County scores.

"We have great kids and teachers," said high school principal Ed Rife. "They worked hard."

The breakdown for G-AHS was verbal, 490; math, 505; and writing, 470. The numbers for the adjacent districts were: Waynesboro, 488, 489, and 464; Chambersburg, 485, 490, and 463; and Tuscarora, 472, 485, and 454.

Greencastle's overall score was down from 2010. That year the average for the 105 test-takers was 1,498, categorically 503, 512, and 483.

Rife hopes to bring the numbers back up with a new program this year. Experts from Franklin and Marshall College just visited the campus to explain the Test Best program to the English and math teachers. The school will now offer SAT prep classes after school at no cost to the district or students.

"We're excited about the opportunity," Rife said.

Each session will run in four-day increments for English, followed by math, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Students must register for the sessions they want, in either or both of the subjects. A commitment is expected for anyone who signs up. Students may participate as often as they desire.

The SAT Prep sessions will be offered as follows.

Round one: Nov. 7-10, English; Nov. 14-17, math.

Round two: Feb. 21-24, English; Feb. 27-29, March 1, math.

Round three: April 16-19, English; April 23-26, math.

Round four: May 14-17, English, May 21-24, math.

Registration is underway in the Student Center for the November classes. No letters are being mailed to parents about the prep classes, although students have been informed at school. Anyone with questions should contact college advisor Gilbert Bonafe at the high school at 597-3226.