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February 05, 2016

Top 25 Pennsylvania high schools with highest SAT scores

Masterman High School leads list; suburban Philly schools account for most of the highest tier in 2015

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Conestoga High School Street View/Google Maps

This screen capture shows Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Chester County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education this week released the 2015 data for the average SAT scores at every public high school in the state.

Scores were recorded for 650 high schools. Another 23 schools were listed but did not include data.

The complete report – including each school's average reading, math and writing scores – can be downloaded from the Department of Education's website.

On each of those three tests, students score between 200 and 800 points, for a maximum total score of 2400.

Below is the list of the Top 25 schools statewide followed by lists of the Top 10 high schools in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia counties:

Pennsylvania Top 25High SchoolSchool DistrictAverage Total Score
1Julia R. Masterman  Philadelphia1993
2Downingtown STEM AcademyDowningtown Area 1837
3 Conestoga Tredyffrin-Easttown1820
4UnionvilleUnionville-Chadds Ford1786
5Harriton Lower Merion1777
6RadnorRadnor Township1771
7Lower MerionLower Merion 1744
8Upper Saint ClairUpper Saint Clair1741
9Council Rock North Council Rock1735
10Mt. Lebanon Mt. Lebanon1718
11Fox Chapel AreaFox Chapel Area1714
12North AlleghenyNorth Allegheny1712
13Central Bucks East Central Bucks1709
14South Fayette Twp.South Fayette Twp.1705
14 Upper DublinUpper Dublin1705
15 Great ValleyGreat Valley 1700
16 HersheyDerry Township1699
17New Hope-SoleburyNew Hope-Solebury1695
18 Methacton Methacton1682
19Northwest PA Collegiate AcademyErie City1678
20LewisburgLewisburg Area1676
20Lower Moreland Lower Moreland1676
22HamptonHampton Township1671
23Strath HavenWallingford-Swarthmore1670
24State College AreaState College Area1654
25West Chester Bayard RustinWest Chester Area1652

Bucks County
Top 10
High SchoolSchool DistrictAverage Total Score
1Council Rock North  Council Rock1735
2Central Bucks EastCentral Bucks1714
3 New Hope-SoleburyNew Hope-Solebury1695
4Central Bucks South Central Bucks 1632
5Council Rock South Council Rock1631
6Central Bucks WestCentral Bucks1627
9Souderton AreaSouderton Area1588
10Pennridge Pennridge1563

Chester County
Top 10
High SchoolSchool DistrictAverage Total Score
1Downingtown Area STEM Downingtown Area1837
3 UnionvilleUnionville-Chadds Ford1786
4Great ValleyGreat Valley1700
5West Chester Bayard Rustin West Chester Area1652
6Downingtown EastDowningtown Area1639
7West Chester HendersonWest Chester Area1632
8Avon Grove Charter SchoolAvon Grove Charter School1615
9Owen J. RobertsOwen J. Roberts1612
10West Chester EastWest Chester Area1586

Montgomery County
Top 10
High SchoolSchool DistrictAverage Total Score
1Harriton  Lower Merion1777
2Lower MerionLower Merion1744
3 Upper DublinUpper Dublin1705
5Lower Moreland Lower Moreland1676
8North PennNorth Penn1638
10Perkiomen Valley Perkiomen Valley1614

Delaware County
Top 10
High SchoolSchool DistrictAverage Total Score
1Radnor  Radnor1771
2Strath HavenWallingford-Swarthmore1670
3 Garnet ValleyGarnet Valley1650
4PenncrestRose Tree Media1646
7Marple NewtownMarple Newtown1577
10Upper Darby Upper Darby1353

Top 10
High SchoolSchool DistrictAverage Total Score
1Julia Masterman Philadelphia1993
5Science Leadership AcademyPhiladelphia1435
6Creative and Performing ArtsPhiladelphia1425
7William BodinePhiladelphia1404
8Girls HighPhiladelphia1401
9Academy at PalumboPhiladelphia1394
10Arts Academy at Benjamin RushPhiladelphia1371

This article was updated Feb. 25, 2016 to reflect that the "Avon Grove" school in the Chester County list refers to Avon Grove Charter School.