KSDK -- 12 Missouri High schools have one or more students in last year's graduating class with top ACT scores.
Only 428 of the more than 1.4 million 2008 graduates nationally who took the ACT college admissions and placement exam scored a perfect 36.
In Missouri, 13 high school graduates out of more than 47,000 tested in the class of 2008 earned a top score.
The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement test, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The average composite score for the national high school graduating class of 2008 was 21.1. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included in the ACT composite score. ACT scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges and universities.
The schools with top scoring students were:
Fox Senior High School, Arnold
Jackson High School, Jackson
Kirksville Senior High School, Kirksville
Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Saint Louis
Lindbergh High School, Saint Louis
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau
Parkway Central High School, Chesterfield
Pattonville High School, Maryland Heights
Saint Louis University High School, Saint Louis
Visitation Academy, Saint Louis
Warrensburg High School, Warrensburg
Westminster Christian Academy, Saint Louis