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FCS Sets New District Record in Student ACT Performance

The 2020 ACT test scores are in, and Fulton County Schools’ (FCS) students continue to outpace their peers in Georgia and across the country. The districtwide score of 24.4 is the highest on record for FCS and caps an upward trend for more than a decade.

"Because COVID-19 disrupted education and the way we do business in so many ways, these results are more impressive than ever before. Our students' collective ability to stay focused on academic achievement during a global pandemic showed an extraordinary level of determination," said Julia Bernath, President of the Fulton County Board of Education. "We are very proud of our students and their effort leading to this accomplishment. We also appreciate the dedication of our teachers to support students as they adapted to COVID-19 impacted learning."

The average composite score on the ACT for Fulton students in 2020 was 24.4, an increase over the 2019 composite score of 23.9. The average composite score for students in FCS was well above the average composite score for students in both Georgia and the nation. The average composite score for Georgia increased from 21.4 to 21.7 while the average composite score for all students in the nation decreased slightly from 20.7 to 20.6.

"Kudos goes out to the expertise of our teachers and the achievement of our students," said Cliff Jones, Chief Academic Officer. "This growth reflects our dedication to ensuring our students are ready for college and careers."

Eight (8) schools showed an increase in the average composite score for 2020. These include:

  • Alpharetta
  • Banneker
  • Cambridge
  • Creekside
  • Langston Hughes
  • Northview
  • North Springs
  • Westlake

Northview High School's average composite score of 28.1 was the highest for the district. Northview also had the second highest average composite score in Georgia. Also posting average composite scores in the Top 10 for the state were Chattahoochee HS (#5), Johns Creek HS (#9), and Cambridge HS (#10).

The average composite score for Fulton was also the highest among the largest systems in the Atlanta metro area:


District Name Avg Comp
Fulton County School District 24.4
Cobb County School District 23.2
Gwinnett County Public School District 23.0
Dekalb County School District 20.7
Atlanta Public Schools 19.7


Click here for data from all FCS schools.