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SHERMAN, TX -- While SAT scores nationwide have dropped, one local school district is patting themselves on the back for their students rise in academic performance.

The school year is in full swing and high school seniors are already thinking about becoming college freshmen.

"I plan on going to Baylor University for business and management if I don't get a scholarship in basketball," says Jerry Sims, senior at Sherman High School.

No matter what a student's plans are for college, high SAT scores are the ticket into their school of choice.

"The counselors do all they can to make sure you go to college," says Sims.

With the right preparation and the right plan, the sky's the limit for students. Sherman ISD consistently ranks in the top 6% for creating college caliber students. School counselors say team work makes the dream work.

"We have the academic courses for the students that want the greater challenge, we have the parents in place who are proud of their students who are willing to work with them outside of school, we have teachers that have that focus," says Michelle Burton, school counselor.

It's this dedication that has the district celebrating their high SAT scores that are a notch above the rest.

"Our SAT test scores are anywhere from 31 to 66 points ahead of the state so we're quite a bit ahead of the state," says Tyson Bennett, Assistant Superintendent, Sherman ISD.

On the state and national level, SAT scores dropped drastically. Texas now seeing some of the lowest scores in ten years.

"Your state averages and your national averages are in the 400-500 range but really were in the 500 range," says Bennett.

School faculty says they've worked to provide programs and services to make sure students are college ready and their numbers show that these students are just that.

"We're proud of our students. That gives them much more opportunity to get into college and to get more scholarships," says Burton.