“SAT School Day” provides free college admission exams

LOS ANGELES - (March 6, 2018) - Students in Local District South will be taking the SAT college readiness test on Wednesday at no charge, with the school district and College Board picking up costs for the first time.  

An estimated 4,000 students in the Class of 2019 are expected to take a test that four-year colleges and universities use to help decide what applicants will be admitted to their campuses. The “SAT School Day” will be piloted in all 29 high schools in Local District South, which stretches roughly from Watts and South Los Angeles to the Port of Los Angeles.

When: Wednesday, March 7, starting at 8 a.m.

Where: More than 4,000 students at 29 high schools in Local District South

Note: Student and teacher interviews available

"Local District South is leading the way in providing college opportunities while students are still in the L.A. Unified system through dual enrollment programs,” said Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic, who represents much of South Los Angeles on the Los Angeles Board of Education.

“By providing free college entrance exams, they are working to remove one more obstacle to open higher education doors for our students. Cost should never be an impediment to education and career pathways," he said.

Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian said, “This is a great opportunity for our students, and we thank everyone who made this happen for them.”

“We believe that providing these tests will help students raise their expectations for taking the SAT and attending college,” said Christopher Downing, superintendent, Local District South. “It may inspire students to improve upon their academic strengths and weaknesses, during their senior year, putting them in a better position to attend college.”

Taking the free test is one part of Local District South’s plan for helping students transition to college. Over the past two years, Local District South has created partnerships with colleges and universities, including agreements for priority enrollment at California State University at Dominguez Hills and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Other innovative programs, in Local District South, include all middle and high schools offering courses from local community colleges for college credit. Students have the opportunity to take these courses concurrently with their L.A. Unified courses and, in some cases, they can even earn an Associate of Arts degree upon graduation from high school.

What’s more, all high school students in L.A. Unified can attend community colleges in Los Angeles for one year free of charge as part of the District’s L.A. College Promise.


Contact: Daryl Strickland 213-241-6766 


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