GCS Students Nationally Competitive on SAT, ACT and Improved AP Passage Rate
Greenville County Schools’ students outperformed their state and national peers on the 2023 SAT and ACT tests, and improved passage rates on Advanced Placement exams compared to 2022.
On the SAT test, the average score for GCS students was 1032, which is 29 points higher than the national average (1003) and 12 points higher than the state average (1020). Six schools—Riverside, J.L. Mann, Wade Hampton, Greenville, Mauldin and Eastside—scored above the state and national average.
The Class of 2023 earned an average ACT composite score of 20.2 on the ACT’s 36-point scale. This exceeds both the state and national average composite scores. Statewide, public school students recorded an average composite score of 18.4, compared to a national average composite score of 19.5. The national score reflects both public and private school test-takers.
Six GCS high schools exceeded the state and national average composite score on the ACT:
- Riverside – 22.4
- Greenville– 21.8
- JL Mann – 21.6
- Wade Hampton – 21.2
- Mauldin – 20.8
- Eastside – 19.8
Five more GCS high schools exceeded the state average composite score on the ACT:
- Blue Ridge – 19.5
- Greer – 19.3
- Hillcrest – 19.3
- Woodmont 18.8
- Travelers Rest – 18.7
On AP exams in 2023, the passage rate (score of 3 or higher) for GCS was 65.6 percent, which is an increase from 62.1 percent in 2022. Wade Hampton High had the highest AP exam passage rate of 81 percent. Mauldin High had the second highest rate of 80 percent. J.L. Mann High Academy had the largest number of students taking AP exams (614). Greenville Senior High Academy had the largest number of AP exams taken (1,050).