See which Charlotte-area high schools posted the best ACT scores

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The ACT is a national college admissions examination that evaluates students in English, mathematics, reading and science.

Using data obtained from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the South Carolina Department of Education, CBJ counts down Charlotte-area public high schools by their composite scores in those four subject areas. See the ranking here.

Included are public and charter schools in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties in North Carolina and Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina. All public high schools in those counties with a composite score available are included. Students are tested as juniors in North Carolina and seniors in South Carolina.

As a basis for comparison to local schools’ performance in North Carolina, the 101,830 students in grade 11 who took the ACT test in 2018-19 had an average overall composite score of 18.4 out of a possible 36 — slightly down from 18.5 in the 2017-18 school year.

For South Carolina, the 51,183 graduating seniors who took the ACT test in 2018 had an average overall composite score of 18 — slightly down from 18.4 in 2017.

The national average score was 20.8 for the 2 million students in the class of 2018 who took the ACT. That is 55% of the 2018 graduates to take the test, compared with 60% in 2017 and 64% in 2016.