AP Advanced Placement
High school course designed to prepare students for a college-level AP Test
API Academic Performance Index
The cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures, including California Standards Tests and the High School Exit Exam.
ARD Academic Resource Department
Special Education department
AS Advanced Standing Honors-level course
AVP Administrative Vice Principal Vice Principal(s) in charge of discipline, school safety, athletics, facilities, extra-curricular activities, etc.
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress 
A statewide accountability system mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress.
B Basic Testing 1 - 2 levels behind current grade level
BB Below Basic Testing 3 - 5 levels behind current grade level 
BearNotes BearNotes Communication mechanism which regularly sends mass informational emails to M-A parents, students and community members
BRT Bilingual Resource Teacher Certificated staff member designated to support English Learner population; serves as a liaison and advocate when dealing with administration, staff, guidance office, etc.
BTSA Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment State-sanctioned support program designed to mentor and support new teachers 
CAASPP California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress California’s new standards-based testing & accountability system
CAHSEE
California High School Exit Exam Standardized exam required for graduation in California (two tests: English & Math) 
CCS
Central Coast Section High School sports section which includes the PAL (includes schools from South San Francisco to King City)
CDE California Department of Education Governmental department charged with overseeing and monitoring all things related to education in California
CIF California Interscholastic Federation
High School sports state-wide governing body
CELDT California English Language Development Test Standardized test taken by English Learners to assess their language acquisition
CLAD Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Credential which confirms that teachers have been specially trained to instruct ELL students
CSF California Scholarship Federation State honors and scholarship program
CCSS Common Core State Standards Newly adopted state standards
EC Education Code
State law governing all educational related matters
ED Emotionally Disturbed
Special Education designation related to emotional/social difficulties
ELAC English Learners Advisory Committee Parent leadership organization dedicated to supporting English Learners
ELA English/Language Arts English/Language Arts
ELD English Language Development
A type of instruction in English language designed for ELLs to incorporate features that their English-speaking peers have mastered in pre-school years. This instruction is different in focus and intensity from the instruction provided for native English
EL English Learner
Student for whom English is a second (or third) language
ELL English Language Learner
Student for whom English is a second (or third) language
EO English Only
Student who only speaks English
ESLRs Expected Schoolwide Learning Results Goals for student learning 
FBB Far Below Basic
Testing 6 – 9 levels behind current grade level
FEP Fluent-English Proficient 
A designation for students who have demonstrated full proficiency in the English languag
FFF Menlo-Atherton’s Foundation for the Future Parent leadership organization dedicated to raising funds for M-A 
FOL
Focus on Learning Joint collaboration between WASC & CDE to help schools implement the self-study process
GATE Gifted and Talented Education
Supplemental services for academically exceptional students
HI Honors Institute
Summer boot camp for students from Ravenswood City School District who are entering 9th grade AS classes
HQ Highly Qualified
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IA Instructional Associate
Classified staff member who assists in the classroom
IC Infinite Campus
Web-based program to check grades and attendance
IEP Individualized Education Program Individual academic and behavioral support plan for students with learning difficulties
LD Learning Disabled
Students exhibiting a discrepancy between intelligence and academic achievemen
LEP Limited English Proficient Students who are not yet fluent in English 
M-A Menlo-Atherton Comprehensive public high school located in Atherton, California and serving several diverse communities
MACC Menlo-Atherton Construction Committee Staff/Parent/Student committee dedicated to overseeing and making decisions about all construction-related issues
NCLB No Child Left Behind
Federal law governing public schools
PAL Peninsula Athletic League High school sports league of which M-A is a member (includes schools from South San Francisco down to M-A)
PAC Performing Arts Center
M-A's theater
PE Physical Education
Physical Education
PTA Parent-Teacher Association
Parent leadership organization open to all parents & staff
RFEP Re-designated Fluent English Proficient Students who recently met all criteria (including CELDT, CST, grades, teacher rec) for being reclassified as fluent in English
RSP Resource Specialist Program Special Education designation related to academic, mental and/or physical difficulties
SAC Subject Area Council 
District committee with representatives from each school and focused on a particular discipline 
SARC School Accountability Report Card Summary of program and student achievement data published yearly and available to the public 
SART Student Assistance Team 
Staff committee designed to intervene with struggling students
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test National standardized test necessary to admittance into most Universities
SDC Special Day Class Special Education designation related to severe academic, mental and/or physical difficulties
SED Socioeconomically Economically Disadvantaged Federal designation for low-income students
SDAIE Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English Sheltered instruction for students who are still transitioning to being a fluent English speaker 
SDMSC Shared Decision Making Site Council Staff/Parent/Student committee with the mission to lead Menlo-Atherton in all school wide issues
SEAC Special Education Advisory Committee Parent leadership organization dedicated to supporting Special Education students
SPED Special Education
Education related to students with learning differences
SSC School Site Council Staff/Parent/Student leadership committee which functions as a sub-group of SDMSC
SUHSD Sequoia Union High School District High school district which includes: Carlmont, Menlo-Atherton, Redwood Continuation, Sequoia, Woodside
TIPS Teacher Induction Program – Sequoia UHSD Support program designed to mentor and support new teachers
TriVocis TriVocis Monthly publication by the PTA to all parents & staff of Menlo-Atherton
WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges Independent organization charged with examining and accrediting all high schools in California