AHS ranked No. 30 in state for ACT scores

Published 8:13 am Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Andalusia High School is ranked in the top 30 of Alabama high schools for the top average ACT scale score.

AHS students had an average scale score of 20 on the ACT for the 2015-2016 school year.

“The administration and staff at Andalusia High School do a good job on a daily basis teaching our students in the classroom, as well as the tests that measure their success,” Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson said. “A couple years ago, our teachers saw the need to do some ACT prep. Dr. Daniel Shakespeare and the guidance staff were on board. It goes without saying that we are proud of these students for representing Andalusia High School and Dr. Shakespeare and the staff of Andalusia High School.”

The ACT is the test that colleges and universities use to make admission decisions.

Students are tested in English, reading, science and math, and the scores range from 1 to 36, with 36 being perfect.

The score from each subject is combined to give students an overall average score.

Florala High School was second in the county with an average of 18.

“Think that will be a good morale booster for our community and school,” Florala High School Principal Max Whittaker said. “I got here a year and a half ago. We came up with an eight-point plan for holding teachers accountable and students. We implemented a No Zero policy. Students are not allowed to take a zero for an assignment. They are not allowed to opt out. Every assignment has to be completed. If not completed, they don’t receive credit for the course. I think more than anything that has paid dividends. Fs and Ds have dropped significantly. I try to do weekly walk-throughs in the classrooms. Everything overall combined has paid. At a small school everyone is important. We are very excited.”

Straughn High School, Pleasant Home School and Red Level High School each had an average of 17.

Opp High School had the lowest average with 16.

Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery earned the highest with a 31.

J.F. Shields High School, which is in Excel in Monroe County, was the lowest with an average ACT score of 11.


  • Coffee County Schools earned the following: Kinston, 17; Zion Chapel, 18; New Brockton, 17; Elba High School earned a 15; and Enterprise High School a 19.
  • In Crenshaw County, Brantley, 17; Luverne and Highland Home, 14;
  • In Escambia County, Escambia County High School, 15; Flomaton, 21; WS Neal, 17.

TR Miller earned 19.

  • In Conecuh County, Hillcrest earned 14.
  • In Geneva County, Geneva County High School had a 15; Slocomb and Samson earned 17 and Geneva is 18.
  • In Butler County, Greenville and Georgiana earned 15 and McKenzie 16.