The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year's semifinalists and 37 Lakeside students have been named. They are among approximately 16,000 high school students nationally who were recognized. Of the Class of 2019, 25 percent were named semifinalists; the highest percentage in the state. You can see the list of semifinalists in this Sept. 13 Seattle Times article.
National Merit semifinalists are determined through scores on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). It is one of several tests that Lakeside Upper School students can choose to take. Lakeside administers the PSAT to sophomores and juniors in October; only juniors are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
During their junior and senior years of high school, Lakeside students can choose between taking the SAT and ACT tests; within the Class of 2018, 73 percent took the SAT while 61 percent took the ACT. Lakeside students consistently score in the highest percentiles in the country on both tests. We regularly have a high number of Presidential Scholars finalists, who achieve perfect scores on the SAT or ACT; the Class of 2018 had 11 finalists, which was the highest in the state.
More than half of the students in the Class of 2018 scored in the 99th percentile or higher on the ACT, and three quarters of the students scored in the 97-percentile or higher. On the SAT, three quarters of the students scored in the 94-percentile or higher on both sections. In the math section of the SAT, at least half of the Lakeside students scored in the 99th percentile.
With the landscape of standardized testing shifting, the college counseling office is offering several parents and guardian events focused on standardized testing.
- Oct. 4, Lakeside college counselors present a College Coffee Talk on standardized testing for parents and guardians of current Lakeside Upper School students.
- Nov. 5, Jed Applerouth, CEO and founder of Applerouth Tutoring, will give an in-depth presentation on the ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests.
- Feb. 28, Matt Steiner, director of outreach at Compass Education Group, will offer a similar presentation on standardized testing.
Find details for the events - including locations and times - on the online school calendar. Additionally, the office has added an opportunity to take mock SAT Subject Tests in May for sophomores and juniors.
Find more information about events and standardized testing on the new college counseling FAQ webpage. Please note that access to that page is restricted to current Lakeside families; it can be accessed from the Veracross family portal after logging in. Read Director of College Counseling Ari Worthman's article in the September Inside Lakeside (emailed Aug. 28) for more information about college counseling resources restricted to parents and guardians.