THE PERFECT SCORE

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August 10, 2020

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Notre Dame's Lars Boehme is the 11th NDP student since 2009 to earn a rare 36 on the ACT. 


Lars Boehme, a rising senior at Notre Dame Preparatory School, recently learned that he scored a 36 on his ACT — the highest score achievable — and that he's now the 11th Notre Dame student since 2009 to achieve such perfection.

According to test administrator ACT, Inc., only 0.195% of the more than 1.78 million high school students who took the ACT in the United States during the past 12 months earned a perfect ACT score of 36, an accomplishment so exceptional that even Bill Gates fell 10 points shy of that number when he was in high school.  

As the leading college admissions test, the ACT measures what students learn in high school to determine their academic readiness for college with tests covering four skill areas: English, math, reading and science reasoning. Each area is scored on its own scale of 1 to 36. A student’s composite test score is the average of those parts. 

"Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare," said Janet Godwin, ACT chief executive officer, in a letter congratulating Boehme on the achievement. "While test scores are just one of the multiple 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."

The ACT is accepted by all major colleges and universities. Last year, the state average was 24.4 and nationally it was 20.9. NDP's Class of 2020 averaged 27.0 with 32 seniors scoring a 30 or above on the test. Notre Dame’s graduating seniors also averaged 1267 on the SAT and finished the year with an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.787.

NDP 2020 graduate Jonathan Raju also received notice during the past school year that he had scored a perfect 36 on his ACT. In 2019, Christopher VanDieren, received notice that he had scored a perfect 36 on his ACT, and in 2018, Kathryn Kennedy also found out that she scored a perfect 36. In 2016, then-junior Ryan Flaherty earned a 36 and in 2014, Michael Soisson, who went on to the University of Notre Dame, received a 36 on the test.
 
In 2012, Notre Dame's Eric LaRose and Joe Soisson earned 36s on their ACT tests and in 2011, Matt Siatczynski scored a 36. In 2010, Jon Sheperd scored a 36, and Ryan McIntosh, who graduated from NDP in 2009, also achieved a 36 on his ACT.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.