Senior ACTs Hit 30 and Higher

One in Five Seniors Score 30 or More on ACT
Posted on 11/05/2019
A whopping 22% of Heelan seniors have scored a 30 or higher on their ACT college prep exams, a record at Heelan in its 70-year history. Senior Liz Meyer scored a perfect 36. 

The impressive scores are expected to boost Heelan’s ACT composite score report next October.  A score of 30 on the ACT places students in the 93rd percentile of all high school students and generates higher college scholarship awards.

Heelan ACT scores in the past years were 23.1 in 2017, 24 in 2018 and 22.7 in 2019. While Heelan’s composite dropped somewhat this year, it’s critical to note that nearly 95% of Heelan students take the test compared to about 50% of public school students, says Dr. John Flanery, Heelan president.

The city’s public high schools average score was 20.1, their lowest score in eight years, according to news reports.

“We’re very proud of Heelan students who work hard to excel in and outside the classroom; it shows in our college scholarship offers,” Flanery says. “Our grads averaged $11.5 million in scholarships offers in the past two years, and nearly 85% of grads are offered college scholarships.

"It’s a testament to the academic program of our schools, student involvement in extra-curricular activities and students’ spirit to succeed.”

Last spring 92% of Heelan grads indicated they will go on to college, about 84% to four-year colleges.

Heelan teachers work to give all students a rigorous and complete core education, according to Bob Geary, Heelan director of guidance.

“Because the ACT is a curriculum-based assessment, a good classroom is the single biggest foundation for ACT success,” Geary says. “While we consistently exceed state and national ACT averages, we constantly look at ways to further strengthen learning for our students.”