High School Terminology
Terms you will need in order to understand the high school process.
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One day you will go to 1st-4th period classes and the next day you go to 5th-8th period classes.
A publicly-funded higher education facility based in a local community
An educational institution where you can complete an undergraduate studies program in order to get a Bachelor's Degree.
Freshman through Senior classes mapped out--set up for the classes you will attend.
A suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses.
An achievement test,measuring what a student has learned in school.
Qualifications that applicants must meet in order to be admitted to an educational institution as a student.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
College level courses a student can take in high school.
AISD High School Program
Basic foundation plan is 22 credits but you must have an endorsement which is 4 more hours. Combined this is 26 credits to graduate.
A substitute course.
AP exams given in May by the College Board Advanced Placement program to students who have completed an AP level course. If you have a high enough score it will be accepted as College Credit.
A multiple-aptitude battery of tests that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success int the military.
A quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.
The result obtained by adding several quantities together and then dividing this total by the number of quantities.
College preparatory program that empower students to succeed in a rigorous academic curriculum.
A type of academic scheduling in which each student has fewer classes per day--90 minutes.
An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life with opportunities for progress.
Education, training and support services being used to help people get high-demand jobs.
Training programs specific to work skills and trades that require the employee to be certified. Not a college degree.
Free money offered by the school to meet the student's needs, reward, merit or both.
The cost of taking courses at a college or university.
An alphanumeric code used to identity a specific course.
A short description of the course topic and academic requirements.
An organizational tool used to plan courses taken each high school year.
The worth of the course. Students need 26 of them to graduate.
A certification of completion for high school, often required by jobs and colleges to be hired or accepted.
A 26- credit graduation plan including an extra year of foreign language, fewer elective credits.
A course that takes up 2 class periods, not just one.
Dual Credit Course
A course that counts for high school credit and college credit at the same time. There is a fee or this course.
Early College High School (ECHS)
A graduation program earning all high school credits and a 2-year Associates Degree from a partner college.
Courses the student may choose to take, that are not a specified requirement for graduation.
End of Course Exam
Exam given by the State of Texas (STAAR) at the end of specified courses. Passing scores required for graduation
Acronym, or initials, for STAAR End-of-Course exams.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid; determines how much financial aid a student may receive.
Financial assistance for college or post-secondary training: scholarships, grants, waiver of fees, loans.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Average of grade points earned from grades made in high school classes.
A plan of earning credits toward graduation, specifying how many credits to earn per subject area.
International Baccalaureate graduation program focusing on more rigorous courses and special projects.
Of or related to the armed forces of a country: army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard
A time period after high school graduation; usually referring to training or education received after high school
A requirement that must be fulfilled prior to taking a course.
Recommended High School Program
A basic 26-credit graduation plan on which all AISD students start in 9th grade
Courses required for graduation
Scholastic Assessment Test; provided by the College Board, used to determine qualification to enter college
a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
A measurement of time used in schools; usually half the school year. EXAMPLE: A "Fall Semester" usually goes from Aug-Dec
A course taking up one class period
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness; a state test students must pass to graduate high school
Financial aid that is borrowed from financial institutions. These funds must be paid back; usually with interest
To turn something to someone so that it can be considered or approved. EXAMPLE: submit a scholarship application
A post-secondary training institution for skilled trades not requiring a college degree
A program that helps provide jobs for students needing to help pay for college
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