LAGUNA BEACH : High School to Offer SAT-Taking Courses

Laguna Beach High School for the first time will offer weekend and after-school preparation classes for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, an exam required for entrance at most colleges and universities.

During the past year, SAT scores have dropped in the district as they have nationwide, said Bob Klempen, director of instructional services. This year’s average math score was 489, compared to last year’s score of 500. And this year’s average verbal skills score was 446, compared to last year’s score of 459.

Administrators hope to help students raise their scores by teaching test-taking strategies, familiarizing them with the SAT format, administering practice tests and focusing on math and verbal skills. The four-week courses will be offered in the spring and fall in preparation for the test during the fall of 1991.

A $20 tuition fee will be charged to each student and other costs of the course will be paid by the district and the Academic Booster Club.