Alverno High School Freshman Recognized by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Alverno High School freshman Victoria Chen was recently recognized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for achieving extraordinary scores on the Center’s annual School and College Ability Test (SCAT). Chen scored in the 99th percentile in both the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam missing only seven questions overall.

The SCAT has been used by the Center since 1985 to identify talented students in elementary grades using above grade-level testing geared towards high school students. The SCAT contains two sections, one verbal and one quantitative, with a total of 100 questions that test mainly in verbal reasoning and number operations.

“When I first started the exam, I thought it was going to be really difficult,” Chen said, “However, I like to look at everything I work on as a puzzle that just needs the pieces to fit so that’s the approach I took. I was relieved when it was over and I felt honored to be invited to Baltimore to attend the Grand Ceremony with the other recipients and my family.”

Chen is a member of Alverno High School’s Early Admission Honors Program (EAHP), which allows girls entering the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to advance early to high school and attend Alverno High School as a full-time high school student. At 12 years old, Chen made the decision to bypass her seventh and eighth grade years at Southlands Christian to enroll as a full-time freshman at Alverno. As a member of the EAHP, Chen is enrolled in advanced classes including Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors, a course normally reserved for sophomores; Biology Honors; English 9 Honors, and Computer Science. Additionally, Chen is involved with Alverno’s VEX Robotics team and the Alverno Solar Energy Activity Laboratory (SEAL) research team that is working to develop inexpensive, renewable, and carbon-free energy sources in partnership with Caltech.

“We are incredibly proud of Victoria and this amazing accomplishment,” said Julia V. Fanara, Alverno High School Head of School. “To be recognized as a one of the top gifted students in the country by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is certainly a formidable achievement and testament to Victoria’s drive and commitment to her academic success. At Alverno, we believe in empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and we are pleased support Victoria, and all of our students, in these incredible endeavors.”

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,200 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit



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