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Carden students score high on SAT

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The average score of all second through eighth grades Carden students who took the Stanford Achievement Test last spring fell within the 70th percentile. Pictured from left to right are those who scored between the 80th and 99th percentiles. Bottom row: Carter Yeomans, Amanda Edwards, Conner Smith, Camille Williams, Waverley Moody, Adrian Ryan, Ashley Herion, Raven Bradley, Lucian Murphy; Middle row: Amelia Horowitz, BJ Zheng, Jackson Moody, Finn McDaniel, Nolan Cribbs, Lames Brister; Top row: Alex Kay, Bradley Hanson, Brianna Baldwin, Kevin Clenard, Josh Edwards, Manuel Quintanilla, Madysen Rails, and Molly Miller-Rijfkogel.

Results from last spring's standardized tests show that the majority of students at Carden School scored exceptionally well.

The average score of all students who took the Stanford Achievement Test in the 2012-2013 school year fell within the 70th percentile, according to Principal Sarah Bekker.

The SAT, a battery test taken by students in second through eighth grades every spring, measures progress in subjects including language arts, math, science, and social studies. The SAT, not to be confused with STAR tests, is regularly given to students at private schools throughout the country.

According to Principal Bekker, a score in the 50th percentile is considered average. She added two subjects that the students most excelled in were language arts and math.

Carden School provides education for students in preschool through eighth grade, and has a total of 137 students.

"These scores are typical for Carden students," Bekker wrote in an email. "The average score for the past five years is in the 72nd percentile," she said.

Bekker credited the students' regular success on standardized testing to a number of different factors, including small class sizes, diverse curriculum, highly qualified and credentialed teachers, and "various instructional strategies to reach all types of learners and make learning a joy."

"A tremendous staff of credentialed and dedicated teachers, supportive and involved parents, and hard working students all contributed to the success on the test," Bekker wrote.

Earlier this year, the private school implemented a number of new programs, including Spanish, computer, arts, gymnastics, and martial arts classes.


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