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External Assessments


The CRIA mandated external assessments are directly related to long term student outcome goals within the strategic plan.  The Virginia State Standards (SoL) have been adapted to the local school community needs within Guanacaste. We remain committed to using the most effective external assessments to help each individual student grow and ultimately be well-prepared for university success.


MAP TESTING 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.

MANDATORY TESTING (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

OPTIONAL TESTING (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 (APSubjects

(see course descriptions below)

Based upon student demand, 3 to 4 AP courses are offered each year gr. 10 to 12. 

Core secondary subjects in English, Spanish, Math and History are aligned to these capstone courses below to provide a solid foundation and prepare students to take AP courses.

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