ACT Scores Surpass State and National

Heelan ACT Composite Comes in at 23.9
Posted on 10/29/2020
Bishop Heelan High School’s class of 2020 scored a composite of 23.9 on the ACT college exam. The average in 2018 was 24.  

Most Heelan seniors, or 93% took the test, compared to about 49% nationwide and 68% in Iowa, according to results released from ACT. 

“Nearly all our kids take the ACT test, and that is an important distinction from other schools,” says Dr. John Flanery, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools president. It means Heelan includes students at all academic levels.
It means Heelan includes students at all academic levels, he adds.

2020 ACT Achievement Data
Area Heelan Iowa U.S.
English 23.5 20.1 19.9
Math 23.9 20.5 20.2
Reading 24.3 22.0 21.2
Science 23.5 23.5 20.6
Composite 23.9 21.1 20.6

22% of Heelan 2020 graduates earned a 30+ ACT score. One scored a perfect 36.

The national average composite score for 2020 high school class is 20.6, slightly lower than 2019 the lowest average Composite score in the past 10 years. 
Every year at least 80% of Heelan grads are offered college scholarships, Flanery says. 

“The $15 million in scholarships offered to our recent grads points to the success of our academic program, extra-curricular activities and students’ spirit to succeed toward a lifetime advantage.”
Heelan teachers work to give all students as rigorous and complete a core education as possible, according to Bob Geary, director of guidance at Bishop Heelan High School.
“Because the ACT is a curriculum-based assessment, a good classroom is the single biggest foundation for ACT success,” Geary says. “While we consistently exceed state and national ACT averages, we constantly look at ways to further strengthen learning for our students.”
Last spring 92% of Heelan grads indicated they will go on to college, about 84% to four-year colleges. Heelan ACT scores in the past years were 23.1 in 2017, 24 in 2018 and 22.7 in 2019. 
A Heelan senior in the class of 2021 has earned a perfect score of 36 on this ACT.
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