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Over 600 NVUSD high school students complete college entrance exam during "SAT School Day"
Posted 3/27/19



Today marked NVUSD’s first official “SAT School Day,” an opportunity for all interested NVUSD juniors to complete the college entrance exam during regular school hours and free of charge, ensuring the test is more equitable and accessible for all students. The NVUSD “SAT School Day” was held at American Canyon High School, Vintage High School, Napa High School, New Tech High School, and Napa Valley Independent Studies. Over 603 students completed the exam at their high school, which is accepted by all US colleges as a part of the admissions process. 

“Our first goal in our district strategic plan is to prepare all our graduates to be college and career-ready. We believe providing access and financial support around the college entrance journey, is not an expense, but a long-term, district investment that benefits our schools, our students and our entire community,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District

Historically, students paid to take the exam, which typically costs between $48 and $65 and is administered on scheduled Saturdays, usually at specific locations, not always within the NVUSD border. In this previous scenario, students had to register for the test completely on their own, and often were not taking the test at a convenient location. Now, through this program, NVUSD juniors take the fully subsidized test on their own high school campus. The district paid for the test with designated funding sources focused on closing opportunity gaps and intended to directly impact student outcomes.

“Taking the SAT during the school day allows our students to take this high stakes college entrance exam in the comfort of their own school while building their confidence. SAT School Day is another step in actualizing and embedding college and career readiness in our daily work with all students,” said Sarah J. O'Connor, principal of  Vintage High School.


Based on the positive response and number of students registered this year, “SAT School Day” will be a yearly event on high school calendars as a part of the ongoing effort to support student college readiness across the district. NVUSD is scaling this effort along with a future PSAT Day, the practice test for 10th and 11th graders, in the 2019-2020 school year. Along with the college entrance tests, the district is exploring how to ensure students have access to free online test preparation tools as well.


“SAT School Day is a student-centered approach to supporting equity and access.  Administering the SAT during the school day at our high schools takes one thing off of our students’ plate, ultimately supporting them in the important next step toward postsecondary opportunities,” said Annie Petrie, principal on special assignment working on college and career readiness initiatives for the Napa Valley Unified School District.  


As articulated in its 2019-2022 recently adopted strategic plan, NVUSD is dedicated to student learning, achievement and access. The “SAT School Day” is one way the district has begun to implement its new vision and focus.