A Guide to ACLC Terms, Traditions and Acronyms

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ABC--A Better Community

An ACLC program designed to utilize older learners' skills by having them work with younger learners in various ways, such as tutoring, being a class TA, etc.

Academic Senate

A committee that addresses academic dishonesty among all members of the ACLC community.

Big Group

When the entire ACLC learner and facilitator body meet as one group during CCC (see CCC).

Breakfast of Love

A waffle breakfast organized and implemented by the learners. The Waffle Club is an ACLC bevy (see Neoteric Bevies).

CCC--Contemporary Community Citizenship

A weekly class period (Wednesday mornings) designed to encourage learners to participate and give back to the community and to take leadership roles, both inside and outside of ACLC. Learners may gather in "Big Group" or "Small Groups".

CCEF--Creative Community Education Foundation

The non-profit fundraising body that raises money to advance learner achievement, facilitator performance and community goals. The CCEF board meets once a month. All community members interested in supporting CCEF may attend.

Couch Night

An evening gathering for parents to connect with each other, exchange information and discuss topics of interest. Organized by PAC.

CP--College Preparatory

Any high school course accredited at California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campuses.

Creative Expressions

A course for younger learners designed to help develop communication and storytelling skills.

DVS--Digital Video Studio

An accredited course, which teaches learners how to analyze, develop and create short films and movies.

ESLR--Expected Schoolwide Learning Results

The standards to which the material of ACLC classes and learning environment must be held.

Facilitator Lunch

A parent-run monthly lunch provided for ACLC's facilitators, in appreciation for their work.

FLI--Future Leaders Institute

An accredited course offered to sophomore and junior learners. The course encourages learners to create projects that help their community. It is often used in place of a Senior Project.

Floor Facilitator

The facilitator supervising the Center during any given period.

ACLC Governing Board

The primary governing body of ACLC, charged with the development and oversight of policy, budget, personnel, strategic planning, organizational development, and maintaining the vision of the ACLC Charter. The board is comprised of three facilitators, two elected learners, one AUSD representative, two parents and a community member appointed by the learners and facilitators.

HP--Honors Placement

Any advanced high school course accredited for a weighted GPA of 5 points.

Hannah Camp

An annual learner-run camp for new 6th and 7th grade learners. Camp counselors are older ACLC learners. New learners in higher grades are also welcome to attend.

Healthy Lunch

A parent-run monthly lunch program, served one Friday a month. This program originated when the regular ACLC lunch was provided through AUSD. Currently, the regular lunch program is provided by LunchMaster Foods.

Immediate Consequence

If a member of the ACLC community is written up for breaking a rule and admits to having broken the rule, he/she can opt for an "immediate consequence" rather than going through the entire JC proceedings.

Independent Study Contract

A short-term contract for learners who will be away from school for five days or more due to illness, bereavement, family travel or other reasons. Learners can get an Independent Study Contract form in the School Office.

JC--Judicial Committee

A learner-run process for enforcing ACLC's rules. All ACLC learners are empowered to "write up" learners and facilitators for breaking an ACLC rule. Learners who are written up appear before the Judicial Committee. If they plead "not guilty" their case will be heard before a jury of their peers. All ACLC learners are required to complete 3 hours of jury duty per year.


A website where facilitators post assignments and grades for learners and parents to access. Parent access is provided via email, so make sure the office has your e-mail address at the start of the school year.

Kahsai Formal

An annual formal dance for high school learners, usually held in spring.

Kyle Baldi Clean-Up Day

A Leadership-sponsored schoolwide clean-up, usually held during CCC. Named after a former learner.

L2L--Learning to Learn

A class for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders to work on a variety of life skills including time management, organization, study skills, social emotional learning and more. The course utilizes the 180 Degrees Curriculum.

LLCs--Learner-Led Conferences

In place of finals, ACLC conducts these small-group conferences. Each conference is attended by 3-4 learners, their parents/guardians/invited guests and one facilitator. The discussion/presentation topic, determined by the Leadership class, depends on the needs of the community at the time.

Lead Facilitator

The Lead Facilitator oversees the three learner-led groups that are charged with the three primary functions of governance: legislative (CCC), judicial (JC), and executive (Leadership). The Lead Facilitator is appointed by the ACLC Governing Board.


The executive branch of learner-led governance at ACLC, vested with the authority to review and approve proposals and plan community events. Leadership is an accredited course for ACLC learners. All learners are welcome to attend their meetings.


Known as "students" at other schools, learners are ACLC's 6-12th graders. ACLC also holds and practices the philosophy that community members of any age can be learners.

Learning Labs

Class periods intended for learners to work on individual schoolwork and group projects. Also known to learners as "project time" or "free time".

Neoteric Bevies

These are ACLC's version of "clubs". They are learner-formed groups that benefit the community in some way. Every learner must participate in a Neoteric Bevy as part of their CCC grade. Historical note: Early on in ACLC's history, learners decided they wanted to have clubs, but they wanted a cooler name. They came up with the term Neoteric Bevies ("new groups").

PAC--Parent Action Committee

ACLC's version of a "PTA", the Parent Action Committee is one major vehicle for parent involvement with the school. PAC works to give parents a voice, support learners and facilitators, and promote community goals. If you are the parent of an ACLC learner, then you are already a member of PAC!

Peer Counseling

An accredited course led by ACLC's Counselor, which deals with creating a healthier and safer environment for all community members through tutoring, mentoring, mediation, etc.

Project Time

Class periods intended for learners to work on individual schoolwork and group projects. Also known to learners as "free time".


Written form requesting a certain change to the Center (e.g., events, rule changes, etc.). Can be submitted to Leadership by learners, facilitators or parents.

SST--Study Support Team

A special meeting called by parents, facilitators or learners, designed to help a learner become more successful at school and increase his/her learning potential.

Senior Project

A graduation requirement involving the creation of a project that benefits the community.

Small Groups

Groups of about 20 learners, created by Leadership, who sometimes meet to discuss or work on projects during CCC.


Our school's newspaper and a Neoteric Bevy.

Summer Bridge

A half-day orientation program for new learners, held during summer just before school starts.

The Center

ACLC's project room used by learners during Project Time.

The Outback

The outside area behind the Center, near the portables, where learners may eat, play or socialize. An Outback Monitor--an approved Leadership learner or parent volunteer--must be present.

The Wheel

A series of electives for younger learners (e.g., Digitial Video Studio, Digital Music, Visual Communications).

Thor Guard

A Leadership learner assigned to ensure that nobody leaves campus before the bell rings. Monitoring starts 5 minutes before dismissal.

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