Upper St. Clair High School Tops List for Highest SAT Scores

See where other area schools fall on the list.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education released a list of high schools' average SAT scores for 2012 and Upper St. Clair High School tops the list.

Out of 343 Upper St. Clair High School students tested, the average verbal score was 568, the average math score was 583 and the average writing score was 576.

Coming in right behind Upper St. Clair is North Allegheny High School. Out of the 572 students tested there, the average verbal score was 566, the average math score was 582 and the average writing score was 557.

And coming in third is Mt. Lebanon High School. The average score for the 395 students tested was 557 for verbal, 570 for math and 568 for writing.

The Pittsburgh Business Times compiled a list of the top SAT scores for high schools in the Pittsburgh region. Here are the top 10:

1.       Upper St Clair High School

2.       North Allegheny Senior High School*

3.       Mt. Lebanon Senior High School

4.       Fox Chapel Area Senior High School

5.       Hampton High School*

6.       Peters Township High School*

7.       Pine-Richland High School

8.       Avonworth Senior High School*

9.       Franklin Regional Senior High School

10.     Quaker Valley High School

The noted (*) schools above all registered increases in scores over the previous year’s combined score.

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Glenn Robinson January 12, 2013 at 04:44 PM
May be picking nits here but with increases in school district expenditures I would expect to see a year over year increase in the USC scores. Am I wrong to think that if tax payers put more money in we should expect improved results?
Oren Spiegler January 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I do not know that it is realistic to expect superior results to show any measurable improvement. The point about increased (and excessive) school district expenditures, however, is paramount. In recent years, the Board has acted under the apparent credo that exorbitant spending equals having the best district. I do not mean to take any credit away from our fine teachers, but if Upper Saint Clair students and their parents did not value education to the extent that they do, the district's achievements would not be as stellar as they are no matter the quality of the teachers and how much is spent.
B January 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM
What more do you want glen? We are #1. Theoretically speaking, if expenditures were directly correlated to test scores, we would have to spend exponentially more for higher scores. Regardless, the theory of correlation between spending and scores is a logical fallacy anyhow.
Pat H. January 13, 2013 at 01:48 AM
We are #1 in the Western PA area, not the state, is that correct?
B January 13, 2013 at 02:40 AM
7th in the state, really would say 6th, the #1 school is "J R MASTERMAN LABORATORY AND DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL" which isn't REALLY a public school (they select top academic students from the Philadelphia region to attend). Of the other 5 schools above USC, almost every one is ranked as one of the top schools in the country by US News or other reports. So there is a very marginal room for improvement. Of the other schools higher than USC, ALL of them spend more per student than Upper St Clair. Two of them, which reside in the same district spend $20,000 per student! (LOWER MERION HIGH SCHOOL and HARRITON HIGH SCHOOL OF LOWER MERION). Now, if I took the total population of all of the schools and also spent time to look up the per-pupil spending, we MIGHT see a correlation but I am guessing there are schools lower than USC who are still spending more per-pupil. It is only one part of the equation. Needless to say, I think USC sites in great spot both in Western PA as well as the state.


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