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Georgia School Glossary


The following school-related terms are often used throughout the state’s public schools.

Accelerated and Gifted Education: Programs that challenge students academically and that stress various areas including research and reference skills, accelerated learning and communication skills.

Alternative Education Program: A state program designed to give local school districts flexibility in various areas including in-school suspension, a school/community guidance center and a community-based alternative education program.

Attendance Zones: Areas in which students attend certain public schools based on their home address.

Blue Ribbon School: School enrollments must include at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Additionally, these public schools must meet their state’s annual objectives in each of the two years prior to a nomination for this designation, then again the year in which a school is nominated.

Charter School: A public school that operates with freedom from several regulations that apply to traditional, sectarian public schools in Georgia.

College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI): The Georgia Department of Education’s accountability system. Public schools are graded on a 100-point scale in three major areas: achievement, progress and the achievement gap.

Georgia School of Excellence: Every year, one public school from each district ranked in the top 10 percent of Georgia schools with the greatest gain in student achievement is selected by the Department of Education to be a Georgia School of Excellence. In addition to these criteria, the schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress for a minimum of three consecutive years, offer at least two Advanced Placement courses and be in existence for five years.

IB Program: International Baccalaureate strives to help students develop multiple skills including intellectual, personal and social, to live and work in our globalizing world.

Magnet School: A public school that offers students a distinctive curriculum. Magnet schools may emphasize a variety of subjects including visual and performing arts, math, science and technology.

Move On When Ready: A program that allows students to complete high school on a college campus, while earning college credit.

Special Education and Psychological Services: Programs that focus on providing services and meeting needs of special education students.

Virtual Campus: Gives students the opportunity to take online courses that can be accessed anywhere at any time.