Corrected: Darlington’s ACT average score of 24.8 best in five years. Previous: Scores from Northwest Georgia high schools and what they could mean for college admission.

Corrected: Darlington’s ACT average score of 24.8 best in five years. Previous: Scores from Northwest Georgia high schools and what they could mean for college admission.

From Darlington’s website.


Sept. 25. One correction: Pepperell High’s score was 21.3

Media release: Darlington’s ACT scores reached a new high this year, exceeding both the state and national averages once again. Darlington’s average score of 24.8 topped both the state average of 21.4 and the national average of 21 by 3.4 points and 3.8 points, respectively. This continues Darlington’s record of success of exceeding both the state and national averages every year for the past five years.

“Obviously, we are very pleased that Darlington students continue to perform so well on these national standardized tests,” said Sam Moss, Darlington’s dean of college guidance following the release of scores nationally on Sept. 7. “It is particularly gratifying to know that our students have exceeded state and national averages – not just for the past five years – for many years prior, as well. This speaks well of our entirely college preparatory curriculum – and especially of the large number of AP courses that we offer.”

Darlington reports 111 students from the graduating Class of 2017 took the test out of 124 seniors overall so that would be 89.5% of the class.

Darlington currently offers 23 College Board Advanced Placement courses in areas ranging from the core and STEM courses to the fine arts and computer science.

“In terms of college admission, it is more and more the case that colleges are evaluating students as much by the rigor of their curriculum as by the students’ grades. This is certainly true of the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech,” said Moss. “The more AP courses a student can handle not only enhances the chances for admission, but also better prepares the student to succeed once entering college.”

The ACT is a national college readiness test which assesses proficiency and college readiness in the subject areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science. “The ACT is a bit more curriculum-based than the SAT, which, even though it has changed in recent years, is still more of an ability-based test than the ACT,” said Moss. “In my view, the ACT more accurately measures what a student has learned in his or her high school classes.”


The ACT (American College Testing) numbers are out for Northwest Georgia with comparisons well under way, especially from parents whose students are about to make high school decisions. Much like the SAT, the ACT is one of the factors studied by college and university admissions’ teams as well as grades and examples of student leadership and/or involvement.

Below you’ll find a look at the average ACT scores from Northwest Georgia high schools for 2017. But before you get to those, we offer the following example of why ACT or SAT scores matter. What next is a look at why the scores count, using the incoming freshman college class of each college as an example. This is not the required rate for admission; this is the average ACT score for those admitted.

UGA: “The academic qualifications of incoming students at the University of Georgia have risen dramatically over the past several years, with each successive class reaching unprecedented heights. The Class of 2021 continues that extraordinary trend, with an average high school GPA of 4.0 and a record average ACT score of 30.” UGA

Mercer University in Macon: Te class of 2021 average was 29.

At Georgia Tech: 33 average for the class of 2021.

At Kennesaw State: 23 for the class of 2021.

At West Georgia: 19 for the class of 2021

Sources: College Data or the schools themselves.

The local scores: Average scores for area high schools from the most recent testing as posted by the Georgia Department of Education (click here for statewide results). The highest public school average score came from Armuchee High — 22.2 — while Chattooga County High in Summerville had the lowest, 18.7. The statewide average was 21.4.


Total students: 300

Average score: 21.1


Students: 80

Average score: 22.2


Students: 57

Average score: 20.0


Students: 82

Average score: 20.6


Students: 81

Average score: 21.3 corrected

Rome: (Rome City Schools)

Students: 194

Average score: 20.7


Total students: 402

Average score: 19.9


Students: 84

Average score: 19.3


Students: 168

Average score: 19.2


Students: 150

Average score: 20.9

Cartersville: (Cartersville City Schools)

Students: 160

Average score: 21.2


Total students: 120

Average score: 20.7

Gordon Central: 

Students: 55

Average score: 20


Students: 57

Average score: 21.4

Calhoun: (Calhoun City Schools)

Students: 156

Average score:  21


Total students: 992

Average score: 19.1


Students: 62

Average score: 19.2


Students: 37

Average score: 18.8


Chattooga High: 69

Students: 18.7

Average score:


Students: 71

Average score: 21.3


Media release: Georgia’s students showed continued improvement on the ACT in 2017, increasing the state’s average composite score and the percentage of students meeting the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Georgia’s average composite score of 21.4 was higher, for the second consecutive year and the second time in state history, than the national average of 21. Georgia also outperformed the nation in English, reading, science, and mathematics.

Georgia students’ average composite score rose from 21.1 in 2016 to 21.4 in 2017, with all subject area scores increasing as well: from 20.7 to 21 in English, 20.6 to 20.9 in mathematics, 21.8 to 22 in reading, and 21 to 21.3 in science. All of these subject-area scores outpaced the national averages of 20.3 in English, 20.7 in mathematics, 21.4 in reading, and 21 in science.

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