Charter Schools also have higher ACT Participation Rates. Mostly because of Alliance.

The SAT isn’t the only game in town. As most people know, students can also take the ACT to fulfill their examination requirement for college applications. While 57.4% of students in LAUSD and LAUSD charters take the SAT, only 27% take the ACT.

But just like the SAT, the ACT participation rate is higher in charter schools than traditional schools.

42.5% of charter schools students in Los Angeles took the ACT in 2015-16. That is almost double the percent that took the test in traditional schools. Similar to the SAT, affiliated charters and alternative schools had lower and much lower participation rates.

Just like last time, there were several schools that had clearly made a concerted effort to get high participation rates. This time, however, the top participating schools were all charter schools. In fact, out of the top 27 schools, only one was a traditional school – Cesar Chavez ArTES Magnet in San Fernando.

These schools had 100% (or very close)participation in the ACT:

  • USC Hybrid High
  • Aspire Pacific Academy
  • Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High
  • Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High
  • Alliance Patti and Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy
  • Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex
  • Alliance Ouchi O’Donovan 6-12 Complex

Notice anything? I notice two things:

Obviously, there is the fact that Alliance has clearly made a network-wide effort to get students to take the ACT. And it seems to be paying off. They have extraordinarily high UC acceptance rates. In fact, Alliance’s charter-wide ACT participation rate is around 80%. Without Alliance, independent charter participation drops to 34%.

I also notice this: With one exception, all of those schools also have incredibly high SAT participation rates. These schools are getting almost 100% of the students to take both the SAT and the ACT. 

The one exception to that rule is USC Hybrid High – they have 100% of their students taking the ACT but only 15% taking the SAT. USC Hybrid High is making a conscious decision to have their students take the ACT over the SAT. Along with Cesar Chavez ArTES, they were the only two schools that seem to have chosen to do this. And it seems to have paid off. Both have above average UC acceptance rates.

This gets me to my next question – if a school has high ACT or SAT participation rates, does that correlate with high UC acceptance rates? More on that next time…

Until then, you can search your school’s ACT participation rates below (only from the website):

School Name
ACt Participation Rate
High Tech LA35.00%
Wallis Annenberg High0.00%
North Valley Military Institute College Preparator30.43%
Central City Value24.79%
View Park Preparatory Accelerated High0.00%
William J. Johnston Community Day3.33%
Crenshaw Arts-Technology Charter High39.39%
Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High56.08%
Renaissance Arts Academy83.33%
Animo South Los Angeles Charter50.34%
New Designs Charter97.40%
Middle College High28.97%
Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy48.91%
Ivy Academia8.33%
Camino Nuevo Charter High67.65%
Animo Venice Charter High75.59%
Animo Pat Brown98.63%
Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex99.18%
Orthopaedic Hospital24.32%
Northridge Academy High14.42%
International Studies Learning Center at Legacy Hi17.43%
Port of Los Angeles High32.27%
CHAMPS - Charter HS of Arts-Multimedia & Performin37.89%
Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High100.75%
Larchmont Charter0.00%
Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High103.42%
Pacific Boulevard0.00%
Santee Education Complex11.95%
South East High29.89%
Maywood Academy High25.45%
Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise Charter71.43%
New Village Girls Academy25.93%
Alliance Patti And Peter Neuwirth Leadership Acade100.00%
Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High97.14%
Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High9.93%
Animo Jackie Robinson High32.45%
Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy27.59%
Alliance Ouchi-O'Donovan 6-12 Complex99.18%
Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science23.81%
School of Business and Tourism at Contreras Learni34.86%
East Valley Senior High2.16%
Arleta High11.18%
Panorama High29.87%
Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy17.86%
Student Empowerment Academy34.78%
Contreras Learning Center-Los Angeles School of Gl8.89%
West Adams Preparatory High13.70%
Magnolia Science Academy 32.94%
Magnolia Science Academy 233.33%
Discovery Charter Preparatory #218.64%
Alliance Morgan McKinzie High79.37%
Edward R. Roybal Learning Center32.16%
Helen Bernstein High45.00%
APEX Academy23.53%
Alliance Health Services Academy High82.65%
Alliance Leichtman-Levine Family Foundation Enviro95.83%
Magnolia Science Academy 423.81%
Contreras Learning Center-Academic Leadership Comm42.05%
RFK Community Schools-Los Angeles High School of t14.12%
Los Angeles Teacher Preparatory Academy36.11%
RFK Community Schools-for the Visual Arts and Huma33.33%
New Millennium Secondary4.65%
Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy26.00%
Sun Valley High20.22%
RFK Community Schools-New Open World Academy K-1261.11%
RFK Community Schools-UCLA Community K-1246.36%
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing35.18%
Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High28.92%
New Designs Charter School-Watts35.71%
Daniel Pearl Journalism & Communications Magnet30.11%
RFK Community Schools-Ambassador-Global Leadership27.85%
Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy H21.80%
Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High71.21%
Environmental and Social Policy Magnet45.65%
Math, Science, & Technology Magnet Academy at Roos38.78%
Esteban Torres East LA Performing Arts Magnet30.00%
Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology at Esteban17.33%
Social Justice Leadership Academy at Esteban E. To30.59%
East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy at Esteban E.36.49%
Engineering and Technology Academy at Esteban E. T12.66%
PUC Lakeview Charter High97.39%
Aspire Pacific Academy104.17%
Alliance Susan and Eric Smidt Technology High86.36%
Alliance College-Ready Academy High 1673.91%
Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences14.24%
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy - Arts/Theatre/En85.83%
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies-Social Justice36.97%
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies-Academy of Scie22.22%
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies-Teacher Prepara19.13%
Los Angeles River at Sonia Sotomayor Learning Acad7.50%
School of History and Dramatic Arts at Sonia Sotom19.10%
Dr. Maya Angelou Community High14.50%
Public Service Community at Diego Rivera Learning9.52%
Communication and Technology at Diego Rivera Learn17.14%
Green Design at Diego Rivera Learning Complex18.07%
Performing Arts Community at Diego Rivera Learning17.46%
Rancho Dominguez Preparatory26.03%
Synergy Quantum Academy38.14%
Animo College Preparatory Academy7.62%
Alliance Renee and Meyer Luskin Academy High96.88%
PUC Early College Academy for Leaders and Scholars75.47%
USC Hybrid High113.48%
STEM Academy at Bernstein High47.48%
Academy of Science and Engineering31.88%
Hilda L. Solis Learning Academy School of Technolo22.37%
Augustus F. Hawkins High A Critical Design and Gam63.38%
Augustus F. Hawkins High B Community Health Advoca63.01%
Augustus F. Hawkins High C Responsible Indigenous25.00%
Linda Esperanza Marquez High A Huntington Park Ins19.72%
Linda Esperanza Marquez High B LIBRA Academy25.97%
Linda Esperanza Marquez High C School of Social Ju21.30%
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathema18.75%
Visual and Performing Arts at Legacy High School C8.70%
Academy for Multilingual Arts and Science at Mervy4.72%
Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson H27.59%
Academy of Medical Arts at Carson High40.50%
Humanities and Arts (HARTS) Academy of Los Angeles14.81%
Contreras Learning Center-School of Social Justice61.17%
Early College Academy-LA Trade Tech College1.98%
Camino Nuevo High No. 287.83%
Sylmar Biotech Health Academy0.00%
PUC Triumph Charter Academy and PUC Triumph Charte80.00%
PUC CALS Middle and Early College High0.00%
William Tell Aggeler Opportunity High0.00%
View Park Continuation5.56%
Harold McAlister High (Opportunity)0.00%
Phineas Banning Senior High22.66%
Thomas Riley High3.23%
Phoenix Continuation3.13%
Bell Senior High46.86%
Belmont Senior High40.11%
Birmingham Community Charter High14.82%
Canoga Park Senior High26.16%
Mission Continuation6.67%
Carson Senior High24.31%
Chatsworth Charter High9.07%
Valley Alternative Magnet6.38%
Grover Cleveland Charter High19.16%
Crenshaw Science, Technology, Engineering, Math an13.51%
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High22.13%
Eagle Rock High23.44%
El Camino Real Charter High23.85%
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies58.90%
Downtown Business High54.71%
John H. Francis Polytechnic10.37%
King/Drew Medical Magnet High57.93%
Benjamin Franklin Senior High33.77%
John C. Fremont Senior High4.53%
Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies34.82%
Gardena Senior High16.28%
James A. Garfield Senior High49.55%
Granada Hills Charter High25.44%
Ulysses S. Grant Senior High8.39%
Alexander Hamilton Senior High25.99%
Hollywood Senior High17.53%
Huntington Park Senior High26.84%
Thomas Jefferson Senior High33.91%
David Starr Jordan Senior High19.48%
Abraham Lincoln Senior High25.94%
Los Angeles Senior High9.40%
Manual Arts Senior High20.13%
John Marshall Senior High30.89%
James Monroe High11.72%
North Hollywood Senior High23.92%
Ramona Opportunity High0.00%
Reseda Senior High17.23%
Theodore Roosevelt Senior High33.11%
South Gate Senior High34.09%
Sylmar Senior High15.26%
Taft Charter High18.42%
University Senior High21.39%
Van Nuys Senior High22.45%
Venice Senior High21.24%
Verdugo Hills Senior High11.41%
WESM Health/Sports Medicine33.47%
Woodrow Wilson Senior High34.85%
John F. Kennedy High19.01%
Youth Opportunities Unlimited1.02%
Palisades Charter High28.59%
City of Angels2.96%
Los Angeles Leadership Academy55.88%
Elizabeth Learning Center18.29%
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center29.85%
Robert Fulton College Preparatory11.18%
Foshay Learning Center63.58%
Magnolia Science Academy5.00%