2020 AP, SAT, AP results

Spartanburg Day School is proud to report that recently released data detailing 2020 Advanced Placement, SAT and ACT results shows student scores once again surpass state and national averages. 

“These scores are an indication of our faculty's commitment to excellent teaching and our students' passion and preparation,” said Head of Upper School Kevin Weatherill. “With many of our students enrolled at the Day School from a young age, that credit extends to Lower and Middle School teachers and parents who are dedicated to our students' learning over time. These scores illustrate subject mastery and investment in an approach to learning that invites a challenge.”

Advanced Placement

In 2020, 89.5 percent of Spartanburg Day School students who took an AP exam scored a 3 or higher (out of 5). In South Carolina that percentage was 62.9, and nationally, 63.8.

“Of course, these results are all the more impressive given the resiliency AP teachers and students exhibited during the abrupt shift to distance learning,” Weatherill said. “AP teachers were creative in adapting lessons and generous with their time in preparing students virtually. Likewise, students showed considerable poise and patience with a different mode of instruction. I would also credit their maturity in working independently. This is to say nothing of the hurdles teachers and students overcame in the administration of the exams themselves, which were entirely online.”

One hundred and twenty-four SDS students completed 291 AP exams in 22 AP classes. Seventy-seven percent of those exams earned a passing score. Of the 43 students who made up the most recent graduating class, 95.3 percent scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during their high school career.

In total, 54 SDS students were recognized as AP Scholars in 2020. 

  • 30 AP Scholars: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
  • 5 AP Scholars with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • 19 AP Scholars with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • 5 National AP Scholars: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
  • 1 AP International Diploma: Granted to students in the United States who earn at least a 3 on 5 or more AP exams; these exams must fulfill certain content areas that include a world language, course that offers global perspective and STEM


SDS’s most recent graduates performed commendably on the SAT exam, rising well above both state and national averages in 2020. All 43 seniors in the Class of 2020 took the test.

Seniors earned a total average score of 1280 (out of 1600) on the college entrance exam. The class averaged 645 on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW) section and 635 on math. 

According to data released by the College Board, South Carolina’s overall mean score was 1026, 25 points below the national mean of 1051. The state’s average ERW score was 524 (compared to 528 nationally), and the average math score was 503 (compared to 523 nationally).


SDS students tested well on the ACT, according to 2020 results, outperforming both state and national results.

The Class of 2020’s average score on the standardized test was 26.8 (out of 36). Eighty-four percent of the SDS graduating class took the ACT. South Carolina’s average was 18.4 with 76 percent of students taking the test. Nationally, the 2020 graduating class earned a composite score of 20.6, and 49 percent of high school graduates took the test.

The most recent data shows that SDS students tested highest in Reading (29.1), followed by English (28.3), science (25.6) and math (25.3).