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Freshmen will take the PSAT-9 State assessment, along with Sophomores (PSAT-10) and Juniors (SAT) in April each year.  The State of Colorado will provide this assessment free of charge and scores on the SAT may be used for college admissions. These tests are scheduled for the Durango Student Center. The SAT is required by state and federal law for all students in Colorado and can be used for college entrance. The PSAT-9, PSAT-10, and CMAS/PARCC tests are required by state law. These assessments are used, in part, to determine a performance score for the SWCeS and are important for maintaining our Colorado accreditation rating. Scores are also helpful to us for academic planning and college admissions.


11th Grade Students: April 13, 2020


9th-grade students: April 13, 14, or 15


10th-grade students: April 13, 14, or 15

CMAS Science and PARCC testing

Scheduled at both the Durango and Cortez Student Centers

CMAS Science

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PARCC English

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Parents may excuse their child from state testing without penalty. Although the SWCeS encourages that all students complete state assessments, we understand that circumstances may arise making participation in state exams difficult. Please see the requirements to excuse a student from one or more state assessments HERE

Additional PSAT and SAT National Testing Date Information Available at

ACT National Testing Dates and Information:

If you have any questions please contact Kelly Powell at