empe Prep Senior Todd (T.J.) Smitearned the highest possible composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, less than one-­tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT 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. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead. Tempe Prep’s 2013 graduating class of 58 students are heading this month to colleges all across the nation (with over $6 million in scholarship offers) including Princeton, Amherst, Cornell, Notre Dame, Purdue, Macalester, Colorado College, Cal Poly, Embry Riddle, Rose-­‐Hulman, Oklahoma City University, Berklee College of Music, and ASU‘s Barrett Honors College.

Tempe Preparatory Academy has been ranked as one of the top 10 schools in Arizona for two years running, and is the only public school with open enrollment to do so. Tempe Prep is required by law to select students who apply by lottery, regardless of background or test scores.

Tempe Prep ranked #7 in this year’s rankings by the Arizona Department of Education, earning an “A” grade for the school and marking the second consecutive year the school made the top 10. The school’s overall evaluation score increased by one point this year to 173.

Hugh Hallman, who has served as Headmaster for the past four years and currently serves as Superintendent, said that the students, teachers and parents of Tempe Prep deserve an extraordinary amount of credit for their hard work in helping the school and students perform at such an exceptional academic level.