High School Terminology

Terms you will need in order to understand the high school process.
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A/B Day
One day you will go to 1st-4th period classes and the next day you go to 5th-8th period classes.
2-year College
A publicly-funded higher education facility based in a local community
4-year College
An educational institution where you can complete an undergraduate studies program in order to get a Bachelor's Degree.
4-year plan
Freshman through Senior classes mapped out--set up for the classes you will attend.
ACCUPLACER
A suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses.
ACT
An achievement test,measuring what a student has learned in school.
Admission Requirement
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.
Alternate
A substitute course.
AP Exams
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.
ASVAB
A multiple-aptitude battery of tests that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success int the military.
Attribute
A quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.
Average
The result obtained by adding several quantities together and then dividing this total by the number of quantities.
AVID Program
College preparatory program that empower students to succeed in a rigorous academic curriculum.
Block Schedule
A type of academic scheduling in which each student has fewer classes per day--90 minutes.
Career
An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life with opportunities for progress.
Career Pathways
Education, training and support services being used to help people get high-demand jobs.
Certificate Programs
Training programs specific to work skills and trades that require the employee to be certified. Not a college degree.
College Grants
Free money offered by the school to meet the student's needs, reward, merit or both.
College Tuition
The cost of taking courses at a college or university.
Course Code
An alphanumeric code used to identity a specific course.
Course description
A short description of the course topic and academic requirements.
Course Planner
An organizational tool used to plan courses taken each high school year.
Credit/unit
The worth of the course. Students need 26 of them to graduate.
Diploma Distinguished
A certification of completion for high school, often required by jobs and colleges to be hired or accepted.
Achievement Program
A 26- credit graduation plan including an extra year of foreign language, fewer elective credits.
Double Blocked
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.
Elective Courses
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
EOC
Acronym, or initials, for STAAR End-of-Course exams.
FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid; determines how much financial aid a student may receive.
Financial Aid
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.
Graduation Program
A plan of earning credits toward graduation, specifying how many credits to earn per subject area.
IB Programme
International Baccalaureate graduation program focusing on more rigorous courses and special projects.
Military
Of or related to the armed forces of a country: army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard
Post Secondary
A time period after high school graduation; usually referring to training or education received after high school
Prerequisite
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
Required Courses
Courses required for graduation
SAT
Scholastic Assessment Test; provided by the College Board, used to determine qualification to enter college
Scholarships
a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
Semester
A measurement of time used in schools; usually half the school year. EXAMPLE: A "Fall Semester" usually goes from Aug-Dec
Single Block
A course taking up one class period
STAAR
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness; a state test students must pass to graduate high school
Student Loans
Financial aid that is borrowed from financial institutions. These funds must be paid back; usually with interest
Submit
To turn something to someone so that it can be considered or approved. EXAMPLE: submit a scholarship application
Technical Schools
A post-secondary training institution for skilled trades not requiring a college degree
Work Study
A program that helps provide jobs for students needing to help pay for college