Glossary of Terms

Dalat Glossary

A simple glossary of terms used on this site and in our publications.

AAHPERD

AAHPERD

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

ACSI

ACSI

Association Christian Schools International. Dalat International School has been a member since 2001.

ACT

ACT

American College Test. The ACT is a standardized achievement examination for college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc. It was first administered in Fall 1959 by Everett Franklin Lindquist as a competitor to the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test, now the SAT.

Annual Fund

Annual Fund

Dalat holds an annual fundraiser to raise money for school improvements that are not included in the school operating budget. These school improvements include items that will enhance and improve our student’s ability to participate, learn, and prepare for their future.

AP (good)

AP (good)

The Advanced Placement Program is a program that offers college level courses at high schools across the United States, Canada, and other nations. Many high schools in the United States offer AP courses, though the College Board allows any student to take the examination without participating in the course.

AP (bad)

AP (bad)

Academic Probation is when a student is having academic challenges and is restricted from certain extracurricular activities to help free up time for study along with a plan to help the student improve their academic performance overseen by a mentor.

Carnegie Unit

Carnegie Unit

The is 120 hours of class or contact time with an instructor over the course of a year at the secondary (American high school) level. Strictly speaking, this breaks down into a single one-hour meeting, on each of 5 days per week for a total of 24 weeks per year. However, knowing that classes usually meet for 50 minutes, yields a value of 30 weeks per year. A semester (one-half of a full year) earns 1/2 a Carnegie Unit.

CLEP

CLEP

College Level Examination Program – A plan that enables students to earn college credit for introductory-level courses by achieving satisfactory scores on subject-specific tests. CLEP offers 33 examinations in subjects including English literature, Spanish language, American government, macroeconomics, biology, calculus, financial accounting and more.

DIS

DIS

Dalat International School is sometimes abbreviated to DIS in our publications and on this website.

DOL

DOL

DOL or Daily Oral Language is a teaching strategy for building student success in learning grammar, punctuation and spelling skills.

ES

ES

Dalat abbreviates the three schools on campus as: ES: Elementary School, MS: Middle School, and HS: High School.

ESL

ESL

ESL (English as a second language), ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), and EFL (English as a foreign language) all refer to the use or study of English by speakers with a different native language.

ESLR

ESLR

Expected School Wide Learning Results. Simply put, they are outcomes. What do we want our students to know and be able to do? They are expected to address the identified critical academic needs of the students.

GED

GED

General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a battery of five tests which, when passed, certifies that the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. To pass the GED Tests and earn a GED credential, test takers must score higher than 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide.

GPA

GPA

In education, a grade (or mark) is a teacher’s standardized evaluation of a student’s work. In some countries, evaluations can be expressed quantifiably, and calculated into a numeric grade point average (GPA). A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is the mean GPA from all semesters, whereas GPA may only refer to a single semester. The concept of grading students’ work quantitatively was developed by a tutor named William Farish, and first implemented by the University of Cambridge in 1792.

GRE

GRE

The Graduate Record Examination or GRE is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools principally in the United States, but also in other English speaking countries.

HS

HS

Dalat abbreviates the three schools on campus as: ES: Elementary School, MS: Middle School, and HS: High School.

Intramural

Intramural

Intramural sports or intramurals are recreational sports organized within a school. The term derives from the words intra muros meaning inside the walls, indicating that matches are conducted between members of the same school (as opposed to varsity teams who compete with other schools). Intramural sports are found from the elementary school level through college level.

MS

MS

Dalat abbreviates the three schools on campus as: ES: Elementary School, MS: Middle School, and HS: High School.

MSSPP

MSSPP

Majlis Sukan Sekolah Pulau Pinang which is essentially Penang’s Zone & State football and athletics playoffs. It runs for about 15 weeks.

NFL

NFL

No Fly List is used in the high school for students who are restricted from extracurricular activities when a piece of academic work has not been completed. The purpose is for students to have the time to complete the assignment.

PSAT

PSAT

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a multiple-choice standardized test administered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

PTO

PTO

Parent-Teacher Association, aka PTA, Parent-Teacher-Student Association, aka PTSA and the Parent-Teacher Organization, aka PTO are the names of a voluntary organization bringing together parents, teachers, and sometimes students within a particular school or school district, usually for fund-raising, building parent involvement and community at school and other activities relating to the welfare of the school. PTAs are known to operate in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and also in some other Commonwealth countries.

SAT (Middle School)

SAT (Middle School)

Student Advisory Teams meet in small groups of students with a staff mentor the first 15 minutes of every school day to read school announcements and participate in a discussion or activity. Students are greeted personally at the start of each day and are given time to get into a school mindset to be ready for the day.

SAT (High School)

SAT

Scholastic Aptitude Test. The College Board states that the SAT measures critical thinking skills that are needed for academic success in college. They state that the SAT assesses how well the test takers analyze and solve problems skills they learned in school that they will need in college. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.

Skort

Skort

A skort is a garment that resembles short trousers, but made to look like skirts. Skorts were developed in order to provide more freedom to do activities such as gardening, cleaning, or bike riding, and give the appearance of a skirt. Skorts are popular in sports such as tennis and are often part of girls’ school athletic uniforms.

StuCo

StuCo

Student Council, a group of student representatives, sometimes elected, to organize services and special events for students.

TCK

TCK

Third Culture Kid is a child who has spent more than six months outside their home country in another culture. Children are changed by their experiences and Third Culture Kids have unique needs and expectations.

TOEFL

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language – measures your ability to use and understand the English language as it’s read, written, heard and spoken in the university classroom. As the most accepted English-language test in the world, more than 8,000 universities, agencies, and other institutions in more than 130 countries accept the TOEFL test as part of their admissions criteria.

VHS

VHS

Virtual High School is the worldwide leader in collaborative online education and professional development. VHS is a non-profit organization that offers content-rich, credit-bearing high school courses to students across the country and around the world.

WASC

WASC

Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dalat’s academic program is fully accredited by WASC and provides the accountability and legitimacy for our school among educators worldwide.

X BLOCK

X BLOCK

Extra-curricular block at the end of the school day for academic support and non-academic pursuits.
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