The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year's semifinalists and 27 Lakeside students have been named. They are among approximately 16,000 high school students nationally who were recognized.
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 usually administers the PSAT to juniors and a mock PSAT to sophomores 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 2022, 79% took the SAT while 61% took the ACT. These figures are lower than prior classes because of the move many colleges made to be test-optional in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (learn more about test-optional policies in this article by college counselor Erin Foster). Last year, Lakeside began offering the ACT and SAT on-campus during the school day each spring to juniors, and each fall to seniors.
Lakeside students consistently score in the highest percentiles in the country on both tests, and regularly number among the Presidential Scholar candidates, who achieve near perfect scores on the SAT or ACT; the Class of 2022 had eight semifinalists for this distinguished recognition, which was the highest in the state.
The college counseling office is offering parents and guardians several events focused on standardized testing.
- Thursday, Oct. 6: Lakeside college counselors present a College Talk on standardized testing for parents and guardians of current Lakeside Upper School students.
- Thursday, March 23: Ari Worthman, director of college counseling, will facilitate a discussion on the future of standardized testing with Jed Applerouth, CEO and Founder of Applerouth Tutoring, and Matt Steiner, director of outreach at Compass Education Group.
Find more information about events and standardized testing on the college counseling resources page. 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.