Using data from the College Board, the Arizona Department of Education has ranked the state’s 50 top high schools by their average SAT scores, with two Tucson schools among the top three and another falling just outside the top 10.
State officials compiled the ranking as a project for the Phoenix Business Journal adding the average scores from each of the three test subjects on the SAT test.
In the case of Tucson’s highest ranking school, BASIS Tucson, 39 students took the SAT, scoring an average of 650 on the critical reading test, 685 on the math test and 631 on reading for a combined average score of 1966.
Molly Edwards, public information officer, didn’t elaborate further on the scores, noting that the College Board is responsible for it.
Tucson Unified School District’s University High School was ranked No. 3, making it the highest ranking public high school in the state and the only one in the top 10. University High is a college prepatory high school housed on the campus of Rincon High School and although it’s a public high school, students must go through an admissions process that includes passing a test. Generally, it only accepts the top 3 percent of students in TUSD.
As a result, Catalina Foothills High School, which is in its own district and ranked No. 11 on the list, was the highest-ranking public high school in the state without a limited admissions process.
High school rankings by SAT scores:
1. BASIS Scottsdale, 2038 *
2. BASIS Tucson, 1966 *
3. University High School, Tucson, 1896
4. Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, 1856 *
5. Gilbert Classical Academy, 1832 *
6. Tempe Preparatory Academy, 1817 *
7. Mesa Preparatory Academy, 1809 *
8. Veritas Preparatory Academy, Phoenix, 1806 *
9. Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix, 1805 *
10. Glendale Preparatory Academy, 1759 *
11. Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson, 1697
12. Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, 1690 *
13. New School for the Arts and Academics, Tempe, 1677 *
14. Horizon Community Learning Center (Phoenix), 1675 *
15. Chaparral High School, Scottsdale, 1668
16: Heritage Academy, Mesa, 1665 *
17: Vail High School, 1660
18: Sonoran Science Academy, Phoenix, 1659 *
19: Foothills Academy, Scottsdale, 1647 **
20(tie). Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, 1646
Ironwood High School, Glendale, 1646
James Madison Preparatory School, Tempe, 1646 *
23(tie). Mountain View High School, Mesa, 1638
Prescott High School, 1638
25. Payson High School, 1635
26. Desert Vista High School, Ahwatukee, 1633
27. Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, 1632
28. University High School, Tolleson, 1629
29. Barry Goldwater High School, Phoenix, 1628
30. North Canyon High School, Phoenix, 1622
31. Hamilton High School, Chandler, 1621
32. Corona Del Sol High School, Tempe, 1620
33. Arizona Virtual Academy, Phoenix, 1619 *
34. Tri-City College Prep High School, Prescott, 1618 *
35. Empire High School, Vail, 1617
36(tie). Flagstaff High School, 1613
Ironwood Ridge High School, Oro Valley, 1613
Casa Verde High School, Casa Grande, 1613
39(tie). Highland High School, Gilbert, 1610
Chandler High School, 1610
Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center, Phoenix, 1610 *
42. Liberty High School, Peoria, 1605
43. Academy of Tucson, 1604 *
44. Horizon High School, Scottsdale, 1601
45. Gilbert High School, 1600
46. Wickenburg High School, 1599
47. Coconino High School, Flagstaff, 1590
48. Kingman Academy of Learning High School, 1589 *
49. Mesquite High School, Gilbert, 1587
50. Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, 1586
* Charter schools.
** Private schools.