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3/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Academy scores in top 50 on SAT rankings
Susan Chan
Susan Chan

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Kingman Academy of Learning has been named one of the top 50 schools in the state by SAT scores.

The Academy's high school was ranked No. 48 in the state by the Arizona Department of Education with an average total SAT score of 1589.

"We were very pleasantly surprised," said KAOL District Administrator Susan Chan. "Our culture is to provide our kids with the best education possible. We expect a lot out of our kids."

Kingman High School came in with an average total score of 1563, said KHS Guidance Counselor Ann Bathauer.

The highest score in the state, 2038, belongs to BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school.

The average score for the entire state was around 1541, and 1498 for the nation.

The test is made up of three parts - reading, writing and math. Each section is graded on a score from 200 to 800. The highest total score a student can achieve on the test is a 2400.

The average score for each school also depends on how many students take the test. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, 25 students took the test at BASIS Scottsdale.

Bathauer said 60 KHS students took the test last year. Chan said KAOL had 43 students take the test. According the College Board, which runs the test, 23,052 students took the SAT in Arizona and more than 1.6 million took it nationwide.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Anson, please point Out what reports you want from KAOL because by all accounts they crush KHS in virtually all academic fields, have a fraction of the drug and crime rates than KHS and produce an entirely more polite and respectful stident body year after your right, public oversight is drastically needed at KAOL haha

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: charles cook

Congratulations to both KAOL and KHS! Both schools topped the State and National averages!
However, Mr. Denton and Ms. Smith can't be positive about that, they have to find a way to pooh-pooh the party!
My father, myself, my siblings and my children all graduated from KHS and are successful, so why put KHS down?

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“But then it is too bad that the public schools are brain washing the kids to worship the environment and also teaching atheism, isn't that it self a religion?”

Would it be possible for you to post the syllabus and text books that teach atheism in our schools? I have asked MS Athens and she failed to do, but perhaps you can provide the information. Thank you.

Oh, and BTW – KAOL is funded by the taxpayers and is not required to show us where they are spending funds, so in essence it is a “public school” with no public oversight.

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: For a Better Kingman

Is the difference between 1563 and 1589 even statistically significant?

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Rebecca Smith

@ ahh....You cannot steal students if they are happy. You cannot steal money that is legally allocated. It is successful educating that I am in support of.

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Article comment by: Ahh, Secrets of Success

Rebecca Smith, since you brought up KUSD and offer what KUSD SHOULD be doing let me remind you and all at KAOL who actually pays to educate those separate-but-not-equal students. WE ALL DO.

We, the taxpayers of this state are paying for 2 sets of administrations, 2 sets of buses, 2 sets of textbooks, 2 sets of teachers, 2 sets of janitors, 2 sets of everything when 1 set of everything is more cost effective.

Oh, but wait, we must have an elite school that discriminates so the well-connected can have a smaller teacher-pupil ratio and a more individualized education.

And one last thing it takes plenty of nerve for a KAOL supporter to tell KUSD what it should do when KAOL has sucked the money, resources, and many of the top students out of KUSD.

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Jack KAOL dad

I know there is a lot more to it but start with a demand for respect, discipline and honor. neither students nor teachers are treated otherwise.
no free pass.... kids are expected to do the work .... if they don't then they get the opportunity to take the class over again. not pass just because they were there and maybe it was over their head
expect to be in class

expect rules to be enforced

expect class rooms to have order

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Ms. Nurse mom.

The KAOL hires teachers that actually care about their students. They have actual classes, not "the history of finger painting" or whatever classes they have at KHS. I went to both schools. Not only did KHS have ridiculous classes that in no way were educational, but the teachers didnt even care if you were in class or not. I went straight back to the academy, because even at the age of 15, I could easily distinguish the difference between a school that truly loves to educate, and one that treats education as a job. So, im not sure that you can teach other schools/teachers to emulate the actual passion that the staff at the KAOL displays towards education. Anyways, Tigers '07 all day!!

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: C A

But then it is too bad that the public schools are brain washing the kids to worship the environment and also teaching atheism, isn't that it self a religion?

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Congratulations! Good going and so glad to see a story on it.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Ms. Nurse Mom

OK so then we need to find out what the Academy and these other higher scoring schools are doing to prepare their students for the SATs and try to have it replicated at KHS. So how about it, Academy alumni, how were you prepared for the SATs? Enquiring minds wanna know! :)

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Tiffany Smith

Thats great, very proud alumni here. Now if it weren't completely impossible to get your child in.....

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Rebecca Smith

Congratulations KAOL! It is refreshing to have it publicized that success in education is possible in our area, when a school is run well academically as well as fiscally. KUSD should stop putting such effort into finding ways to attract KAOL students, and more effort in making much better decisions in the running of their own schools. As Mt. Tipton moves towards becoming an independent charter school, we applaud KAOL for their continued success, and for being the example for success that KUSD could not. You are shining a light for others to follow in the pursuit of providing stable, and quality education for our children/future. Again, congrats!

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