Thirty-six Lakeside students in the Class of 2020 have been named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. They are among approximately 16,000 high school students nationally who were recognized. Of Lakeside’s Class of 2020, 26 percent were named semifinalists; Lakeside has the highest number of semifinalists in Washington state. Find the list of students in the Sept. 18 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 2019 (last year’s seniors), 65 percent took the SAT while 66 percent took the ACT. Lakeside students consistently score in the highest percentiles in the country on both tests, and regularly has a high number of candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, who achieve perfect scores on the SAT or ACT; the Class of 2019 had 9 candidates.
In the year ahead, Lakeside’s college counseling office is offering parents and guardian events focused on standardized testing. Many of these talks will be similar, but we wanted to offer different times and formats to accommodate as many families as possible.
- Thursday, Oct. 3, Lakeside college counselors present a College Coffee Talk on standardized testing for parents and guardians of current Lakeside Upper School students.
- Wednesday, Nov. 13, there will be an evening webinar from Revolution Prep about standardized testing.
- Wednesday, Feb. 5, Jed Applerouth of Applerouth Tutoring, will give a morning in-depth presentation on the ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests.
- Thursday, March 19, Matt Steiner of Compass Education Group will offer a similar evening presentation on standardized testing.
Additionally, sophomores and juniors have an opportunity to take mock SAT Subject Tests in March.
Find more information about events and standardized testing on the 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. For more information, see the email from Director of College Counseling Ari Worthman that was sent directly to parents and guardians on Tuesday, Sept. 10.