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“Academic Success” is fundamental.   Without a history of demonstrated academic success by its students, no school can truly say that it provides an excellent curricular and instructional program.   The information below gives evidence of the Academic Success of CAISL students.  You can find:

Success, however, has many aspects and no test or series of test scores or statistics can truly claim to “prove” success.  CAISL’s Core Value says that we “challenges ourselves and each other to do our best.”  It is the firm belief of all of us at CAISL that if we “do our best” and support others to do their best also, we are successful.  

To get the full picture of Success for CAISL students, it is essential to also see the information in “Life at CAISL”  and the “Community Comments.”  “Life at CAISL” shows CAISL students’ success in Service, Leadership, Athletics, Arts, and personal growth which are fundamental to life-long success.  “Community Comments” include the perspective of current community members as well as those of parents who were transferred out of the Lisbon area and how their children made the transition to their new schools.  

External Test Scores

IB Diploma Program

CAISL has been an IB World School, offering the IB Diploma, since 2002. CAISL students have consistently achieved a “pass rate” (the percentage of students taking the Diploma exams who achieved the Diploma) considerably higher than the “world pass rate.” CAISL’s results for the Class of 2019 and the average for the past five years (Classes of 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015) are shown below with comparison to the world averages.


SAT Exams

The SATs are a college-entrance exam which students take when they wish to apply to universities in the USA. The SAT results also substitute for the Portuguese “provas” for those who have graduated with an American High School Diploma from CAISL.

Below are the results on the SAT for CAISL students.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

MAP is an assessment/testing program from Northwest Evaluation Association ( of the USA.   The purpose of MAP is to show the student’s achievement and growth and provide detailed information to teachers and parents about the student’s academic strengths and areas of challenge in Reading, English Language Usage, and Math. CAISL students in Grades 2 through 10 take MAP twice a year (Fall and Spring).

Annually, NWEA publishes “international comparisons” which shows the MAP scores for areas of the world and by type of school. CAISL uses the data published by NWEA for “all USA schools”, “all international schools”, and “all USA’s Office of Overseas Schools” data to determine the success of its own English and Math programs.

Below are three charts showing the results from Spring 2019. Comparisons for prior years can be found here

University Entrance

CAISL’s philosophy is that each student, with guidance and support from parents and CAISL staff, determines what he/she wants “life after High School” to be.   For some students, this is striving for entrance into the USA’s Ivy League or the most competitive universities in the UK, in Portugal, or his/her home country. For some, this is following a passion in the Arts or Athletics or other fields or types of higher education.

CAISL students often apply to more than one university system. They apply to universities in the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, or elsewhere and often prepare themselves as well for university in Portugal. CAISL’s students all strive to earn the American High School Diploma and most of them also choose to pursue the IB Diploma. Students are able to enter universities worldwide with either the American High School Diploma or the IB Diploma.

Below is a graph showing the country where CAISL students entered university in the past 5 years:


USA:  Columbia, Brown, Duke, NYU, Penn State and Swarthmore;

UK:  Cambridge, St. Andrews, London School of Economics, Imperial College, Lancaster, Bath and UCL;

PT:  Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade Católica.

Our Mission

CAISL is a student-centered educational community in which we challenge ourselves and each other to do our best and to make positive contributions to our diverse and ever-changing world.

CAISL is a student-centered educational community in which we challenge ourselves and each other to do our best and to make positive contributions to our diverse and ever-changing world.

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