Twenty-seven students from five of Leander ISD’s six high schools demonstrated exceptional performance on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The following table shows how each Leander ISD high school has fared over the past five years in this national competition:
|School||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020||5 YR +/- ∆|
|Leander High School||0||3||1||0||1||+ 100%|
|Cedar Park High School||9||2||4||3||1||– 89%|
|Vista Ridge High School||5||3||3||5||8||+ 60%|
|Rouse High School||2||2||1||0||1||– 50%|
|Vandegrift High School||14||13||17||14||16||+ 14%|
|Glenn High School||NA||NA||NA||0||0||0%|
|Total Leander ISD NMS||30||23||26||22||27||-10% (-19%)*|
|Total Class PSAT® Participants||2,553||2,625||2,681||2,935||2,846||+11%|
|*Relative to increase in PSAT® participants|
Students and parents can learn more about the National Merit® Scholarship Program at nationalmerit.org. Details on registering to take the 2019 PSAT® can be found on Leander ISD’s School and Community Relations website.
Whether a student has met the qualifying cut-off, parents and students should consider the college and career resources on LeanderLookout before getting caught up in the frenzied vortex of the college application process.
For parents of seniors, and especially for parents with younger students, recently-published Beyond the Diploma, by Bev Parrish, offers a healthy perspective on the value of college prep test scores relative to success in life, and particularly in relation to family life and character.
Beyond the Diploma is a quick, compelling read packed with wisdom from her personal experience of raising and educating seven children with her husband, Chris. Bev’s insights offer practical guidance on how to preserve the serenity of your home amid the chaos and pitfalls of comparison, regardless of the K-12 education path.
NOTE: The October 2019 PSAT® last registration deadline Is September 17, 2019 (for mailed registrations) September 24, 2019 (for registrations made online or by phone). Contact the College and Career Department at Leander High School, 512-570-1000 or Vandegrift High School, (512)570-2300
Copyright © 2019 Don Stroud