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Scores after recenter
@$?Seattle Lakeside                 650  1310  97
White M. Blair Montgomery Co Md '98      1272
Asian M. Blair Montgomery Co Md '98      1258
National  Combined Average      '98      1054
Black M. Blair Montgomery Co Md '98       958 
Hisp  M. Blair Montgomery Co Md '98       899


SAT scores before 1996 recentering
Districts                                       SAT Dif SATM AVG  FREE AFDC LEP   SATC Math Pct  
    UC Berk 90% admission  4.00 +                                                 1500
    99th percentile                                     750
    MIT / CalTech average                               747                       1400
-------- Highest High School in USA ----------------------
    ?TJHSST Fairfax county                              732                       1435     
    Arthur Hu (Renton WA 1976)                          720                       1370
    ?Illinois Math Sci Acad                             716                       1336
    98th percentile                                     700
	Amherst College (MA)                                680
    White M. Blair Montgomery Co Md '98                                           1272
--------- Best predominantly minority school -----------------------------------------------
    ?Gretchen Whitney High School, Cerritos CA          665  100.0  2.3  0.0      1233
    Asian 4.00 GPA                                      658
	Black MIT 1986                                      659                       1245
    $?Seattle Lakeside                                   650                      1310  97
    87th percentile                                     650
    UC Davis 90% admission                                                        1300
    UC Berkeley 50% admission                                                     1300
    Wellesley College                                                             1240
    University High School Irvine CA '97                634   574
    UC Berkeley average                                 631                       1185  96
    White 4.00 GPA                                      630
    Monte Vista Cupertino                               628                       1111
    Gunn HS Palo Alto CA                                623                       1138
--------- Highest Dist in CA ---------------
    Asian honors math                                   619
    Palo Alto Unified School District Palo Alto	25      616 78.5  3.9  1.4   3.1  1136
    Lynbrook High, Cupertino                            611 60.6  3.5  1.2 
    University High Irvine CA                           606                       1092
    Saratoga High CA                                    602                       1116
    78th percentile                                     600
    UCLA                                                597                       1117
    Piedmont City Unified (Alameda)               +110  595 69.7  0.0  0.3   0.2  1113
    Glastonbury CT                                      536                       1074 '96
    Asian over $70,000                                  595                       1071
    ?UC Berkeley 25% admission                                                    1100
    North Dakota (only top 5% take)                     592
    Asian parent grad degree                            592
    ?Overlake School (Seattle)                          590                       1190
    ?Lowell HS SF 1992                                  588                       1088
    Fremont Union(Cupertino)                            589 47.3  9.1  6.0        1056
    US SAT Asian Not Citizen                            579
    Teafly HS New Jersey (best in NJ)                                             1082
    Los Gatos / Saratoga (Santa Clara)                  579 64.9  0.0  1.1   0.6  1078
    UC Santa Barbara                                    574
--------- Highest public school in TX --------
    Memorial HS (Spring Branch, Houston TX)                                       1062
--------- Highest Dist Wa and Ma ---------------
    Mercer Island (#1 Dist, Wa State) ACT 24.9          572                       1058 '87
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    National  Combined Average                                                    1054 '98
    National  Combined Average                                                    1052 '97
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    ?Bellaire HS Houston 44% BH                                                   1053
    Highest district in Mass 94                         570
    Newton MA 94                                        569
    UC Irvine                                           566                       1030
    Holy Names Academy (Seattle, Cath)                  565                       1190
    Dover Mass                                          563
    Albany City Unified (Alameda)                       563 43.8 10.5  2.5
    ?Young Magnet Chicago ACT 23.7                      560    1050
       (50% black 15% hispanic) (conv to old)
    Davidson Richmond #1 HS in GA 42% Black             560                       1020
    68th percentile                                     550
    Wellesley Mass     94                               550
    Asian Fairfax County (DC) 1996                      549(569)
    White Fairfax County (DC) 1996                      547(567)
    UC Riverside                                        548                       1003
    Lincoln/Sudbury Ma 94                               547
    White parent grad degree                            545
    Berkeley Unified                                    545 50.1 16.6 14.1  10.4  1023
    UC Riverside                                        542                       1007
    US SAT White Not Citizen                            541
    U Hawaii Manoa 71% Asian/PI                         542
    Richland WA (Hanford Nuclear)                       540                       1003  73
Desirable--------------------------------------------------------------------------
US Asian SAT                                            538
    Black 4.00 GPA                                      537
    Weston Mass                                         536
    Northwest Yeshiva (Seattle Jewish Private)          535                       1062  \clip\96\09\yeshiva.txt
    White over $70,000                                  533                       1008
    Houston Health Prof HS 65% BH                                                  947
    Marin County                                  +47   532 39.2  7.2  5.2
    Houston Asian 1994                                  530                        941
    Seattle Roosevelt '97 551                           530
    Fremont Unified                                     529 34.7 14.8  7.2  13.2
    US Average 1996                                     528 (508)
    Novato Unified (Marin)                              525 36.5  6.7  5.3
	Morehouse College (98% black)                       523	                      1003
    Houston White 1994                                  521                        988
    Black UC Berkeley                                   	                       994
    San Mateo Union High                                517 34.4  7.5  3.0  18.4
    Spring Branch (Houston TX)                                                     987
    San Jose Unified                                    513 23.8 29.6 12.4  18.4
    Brookline Mass                                      511                        963
    Shasta County                                       501 16.5 22.5 18.4   1.0
    Seattle '97 dist avg math 523                       500
    Black M. Blair Montgomery Co Va '98                                            958 
55th percentile                                         500   
    Boston White '97                                    500
US White                                                498	                       946
    Montgomery County Maryland 1995                                                940
    Parkview, Gwinnett Cnty GA (best in GA)             498                        930
    Washington State Univ                               497                        938
    WA State Average                                    494
    Issaquah WA Dist                                    493                   
	Spelman College (mostly black)                      493
    Milpitas Unified                                    490 18.3 24.5 10.2
    Sacramento County                                   489 19.4 22.5 22.8  11.1
    Yuba County                                         487  9.4 44.8 16.9  16.2
    Black honors math taken                             487
    CA State Average                             3   50 485 19.5 26.6 15.4  16.0  902
US Average 1995 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
    US Average 1995                                     482
    Asian under $10,000                                 482
    Black in top 10th of class                          481
    San Francisco                                       480 25.8 27.0 15.0 22.5
    Asian parent no hs diploma                          478
    Waltrip HS Houston B23.8 H46.0                                                898
	U Mass Boston                                       476
    Massachusetts Average 93                            476
	San Jose State Univ                                 475
    Seattle Lutheran (Private Christian)                475                       925
Below Average-------------------------------------------------------------------
    Lowell Ma 93                                        470                      890
    Booker T Washington HS Houston 97%BH                                         879
    San Diego                                           467 23.1 36.2 20.5 19.3
    Jefferson Union (San Mateo)                         466 11.2 18.1  6.2 10.7
    Eastside Union High (San Jose)                      464 14.6 13.1 22.1 31.3
    Los Angeles SD                                      464 16.3 35.3 19.0 22.4
Bad ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    White under $10,000                                 460                       869
	Cal State Long Beach                                459
    Black AP Physics                                    458
    West Contra Costa                               -28 457 17.8 27.0 21.6 14.7
    Gilroy Unified                                      456 14.2 26.7  9.9 12.3
	Fitchburg State Colleg (MA)                         452
42nd percentile                                         450
    Georgia                                             450(482)
    Wentworth Institute of Tech (Boston)                450
    Houston Indep School Dist (90% Black/Hisp)          447
    Black Fairfax County 1996                           445(465)                  856
    Wash DC/Georgia/S.Carolina 1995                     445
    Black over $70,000                                  442                       849
    Mays HS 94% black magnet Atlanta                    442                       890
    Black parent grad degree                            438
    Baldwin Park Unified                                436  8.2 30.3 20.5 11.3   
    Low-income parochial school (Rand 90)                                         803
Mexican 1995 SAT average                                426                       802
Awful --------------------------------------------------------------------------
---- Best Predominantly Black District -------------------------------------------------
    Richmond County GA  63% black                       420 (456)                 914
    White no HS diploma                                 418
    Oakland Unified                                     413 13.4 38.1 46.2 24.1
    Prince George Cty Md (Most afflent blacks in US)    412                      785
    Revere / Brockton / Fitchburgh MA 94 
       (white blue collar)                              411
	Tuskegee (mostly black)                             410
28th percentile                                         400
    Pine Manor College (MA)                             400
    Houston Black 1994                                  388                      727
Black 1995 SAT average                                  388                      744
    Woodrow Wilson (Worst in San Francisco)             388                      632
    Black $20-$30,000                                   382                      734
	Bassett Unified (Los Angeles)                       384  2.1 62.2 16.4 29.7
    Atlanta                                             380 (431)                740
    Richmond High Richmond CA                           372                      677
    Chelsea Mass (Puerto Rican)                         365                      648
16th percentile                                         350
    Black parent no HS diploma                          347
    Black  social sciences                              340
    Boston '97 392                                      340
    UC Santa Cruz 71% admission                         338                      650
    UC Irvine / Davis 50% minority admission(1)         338                      650
    Black $10-$20,000                                   337                      706
Average low-income regional public school (Rand 90)                              642
The Worst Public Schools in the USA -------------------------------------------------
    Inglewood Unified                                   334  0.4 45.4 50.6 39.6	 	
    Castlemont Oakland CA                               329                      615
    Compton Unified                                -160 325  1.3 67.3 58.0 18.2	 	
    Dominguez Compton CA                                315                      595
    Black under $10,000                                 315                      632 
    5th percentile                                      300

Most colleges from US News and World Report's 1993 America's Best
Colleges

(1) Note that if you have equal to the national average for black or
Hispanic, or some of the worst districts, you still have a 50% chance
of admission to UC Irvine or Davis and 71% chance of getting into UC
Santa Cruz. 

(2) Only blacks with 4.00 GPA comparable to average Asians. Blacks
with grad degree parents and incomes over $70,000 are still no better
than the worst state averages.

(3) The poorest Asians still score about US average - like Seattle,
or Lowell.  Average asians score as well as the 2nd best suburbs.
Blacks in even the best school districts such as Fairfax county still
score below US average. Average blacks score worse than whites with
dropout parents or income under $10,000


Some of the worst schools - Usually poor black, Hispanic, or both
Under 4% above average SAT, 20-50% free lunch, 20-50% AFDC, 10-51% LEP

H - mostly Hispanic by high FREE and LEP
B - mostly Black by high FREE and low LEP
-----------------------------------                     SAT AVG FREE AFDC LEP  DROP
Mexican 1995 SAT average      						    426
Andrew Hill San Jose          						    422 8.4 21.5 36.9 39.5      H
Azuza (Los Angeles)           						    403 4.2 50.8 22.0 25.0 92.3 HB
Wilson High San Francisco     						    388 0.6 22.6 38.8 33.3 76.3 BH
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Black 1995 SAT average        						    388
Lincoln High San Diego        						    352 4.5 49.0 38.7 19.9 72.8 BH
Hoover High San Diego         						    379 4.2 54.3 41.7 50.7 84.2 H
Richmond (Contra Costa)       						    372 4.8 42.5 51.1 43.3 73.4 H
Fremont Oakland               						    374 2.5 37.5 58.5 39.5      H
Emery Middle                  						    335 2.0 28.9  8.9  8.3 100  B
Castlemont Oakland            						    329 2.0 40.3 93.9 18.1 76.7 B
McLymonds Oakland             						    325 3.4 50.8 98.1  9.9 54.1 B
Centennial High (Compton / Los						    316 1.3 67.3 58.0 18.2 94.2 HB
Dominguez High (Compton / Los Angeles)                  315 2.2 89.9 57.4 37.9 89.6 HB
Morningside High (Inglewood / Los Angeles)              327 0.4 45.4 50.6 39.6 67.8 HB

$rich
+exam school
#high education level

Of the best high schools, only 9 are in Southern California. Many,
such as Lowell, Whitney, and Sunny Hills, and Cupertino have very
high percentages of Asian students, from 30% to 75%.

SATM - SAT MATH average
AVG - % of SAT scores above average
FREE - % students with free or reduced lunch
AFDC - % students on AFDC
LEP - % studens limited english proficiency, usually Hispanic, sometimes Asian
SATC - SAT combined average
Note  $ - affluent and / or well educated + examination school

Norm Matloff (UC Davis CS/ Statistics professor): "There is no
significant difference between UC campuses and the mean in SAT scores"
UCB - UC Irvine = 88 pts, or 44 pts between center and extremes
UC Irvine - CA Average = 57 pts
State Average - Oakland = 72 pts

To get a 50% chance of admission into UC Davis requires only a 
combined 650. To get into Berkeley, you need 1300.

? Examination required for admission