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External Assessments



callusThe external assessments are directly related to long term student outcome goals within the strategic plan.  The Virginia State Standards have been adapted to the local school community needs within Guanacaste.

American curriculum developments in recent years have seen a strong alignment between the Virginia standards and the latest Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in numeracy and literacy.  We remain committed to using the most effective external assessments to help each individual student grow and ultimately be well-prepared for university success.


“By the time students have graduated from high school, they would have been exposed to the same content through different learning progressions…the CCSS and  Virginia standards generally have a strong alignment.”

Virginia Department of Education 2010


MAP testing is done twice yearly online and provides immediate feedback on academic skills and knowledge.  MAP testing allows for families and teachers alike to track students’ development within numeracy and literacy standards. It is considered the premier external assessment program and will be very beneficial to improving student outcomes over time.

(Funded by School Fees)

  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing: Kindergarten to Grade 8
  • Fall testing in September
  • Spring testing in May
  • Registrations done through the school
  • PSAT Testing: Grades 9 & 11
  • Test Date: October
  • Registrations done through the school

(funded by student)

  • SAT Testing: Grades 11 & 12
  • SAT Test Dates: October and May
  • ACT Testing: Grades 11 & 12
  • ACT Test Dates: October and April
Advanced Placement (APSubject Tests:

  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Calculus
  • AP World History

The School Administration expects that all students challenge themselves with at least one AP test during their High School career.

AP Test Dates:

  • Scheduled n the month of May each year.
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