College Counseling | Academic Preparation

Students at ANC are well prepared, both academically and socially, for a useful life in this world and the next.

Whether their interests are academic or vocational, our students leave ANC with a solid foundation on which to build their college and career experiences. Students are given the chance to complete advanced studies in all core areas and many take full advantage of the opportunities we provide. The large majority of our students go into and excel in higher education. More importantly, however, they are becoming useful and productive individuals and members of society.

Over the last five years, nearly 97% of our graduates have continued into higher education with the intent of earning at least a two- or four-year degree. Nationally, about 60% of high school graduates enter higher education (Source: Tinto's Leaving College and the College Board's College-Bound Seniors: National Report 1999).

A Challenging Curriculum

The secondary schools offer a broad curriculum: students can take honors level and/or accelerated courses in all five core areas (history, English, science, math, and foreign language). Currently, students can graduate with 4 years of one foreign language, 6 years of science, 4 years of history, 5 years of math (including Calculus), and 4 years of English.  

Our academic offerings give our students the opportunity to meet the academic preparation requirements of the most prestigious colleges and universities.

Standardized Testing

As far as college preparation goes, our students are doing quite well. In the last five years (2008-2013), our students have scored 120 points above the national average on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Typically, about 98% of Academy seniors take the SAT or the American College Testing (ACT) exam in preparation for college admissions.

Advanced Placement

The Academy offers two Advanced Placement (AP) courses: Calculus AB and Statistics. Additionally, students in honors US History, Honors English 12, and upper level foreign languages are also strongly encouraged to take the AP test in their content area.

The AP test grades students on a five point scale to assess their qualification for college level credit. The scale is as follows:

  • 5 – Extremely Qualified
  • 4 – Well Qualified
  • 3 – Qualified
  • 2 – Possibly Qualified
  • 1 – No Recommendation

Over the last 5 years, 77% of ANC students who take the AP exams earn a score of 3 or higher (compared to a national average of about 65%).

National Merit Status

Every October our juniors take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Students who score high enough can qualify for national recognition and possibly merit scholarships. Nationally, for the class of 2013, students average a 48 on the verbal section, a 49 on the math, and a 47 on writing skills. At ANC our students averaged a 55 on the verbal, a 55 on the math, and a 53 on writing skills.

Since 2000 ANC has graduated 67 Nationally Commended students and 22 National Merit Finalists. On average, about 10% of each graduating class has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. (Nationally, only about 3% of each graduating class is formally recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.)

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