VOICE Glossary of Terms

AP = Advanced Placement 

A nationally-recognized strategy for introducing students to the challenges of college-level work while they are still in high school. Students can earn college credit, advanced placement in college classes, or both. 

AP = Athletic Probation

For athletes whose GPS falls below the requirement to play sports.

504 =

A civil rights law that prohibits the discrimination on the basis of disability. The law applies to public elementary and secondary schools and other federally funded institutions. Under Section 504, denying a disabled student a free appropriate public education constitutes disability discrimination.

ACES = Adverse Childhood Experiences

Experiences in childhood that are unhappy, unpleasant, or hurtful. ACE factors may include poor health or injury of a family member, death of a significant person, unstable housing or food insecurity, divorce, cultural transition/language barriers, military deployment of a parent, or substance abuse, among others.


American Sign Language

College Bound

Provides state financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility due to the cost. The scholarship covers tuition, some fees, and book allowance.

Equity & Cultural Competency

Here is ISD’s statement: We believe in building and sustaining a culture of kindness in the District. Doing everything we can to support ALL students to thrive is at the core of our mission. In order to thrive, students need to be treated with respect and kindness by adults and other students. They need to have a positive sense of belonging and the belief that they have the power to be successful. Our responsibility is to educate students as informed citizens, to teach them to respect other perspectives, and to show kindness to others.


English Language Learners


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

This includes:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the student's school receives a request for access.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school and/or the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.


Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer or Questioning

Growth Mindset

The belief that peoples’ most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.


Individualized Education Program

A statement for a student eligible for special education that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with state and federal laws. The IEP guides a student's learning while in special education.


Issaquah School District


Issaquah Skills Enhancement Program

Students with emotional and behavioral disabilities receive specially-designated instructions in as self-contained setting.


Issaquah Schools Foundation 

LRC 1 =

Learning Resource Center:

Students receive specially-designed instruction in academic, behavior, and social areas

LRC 2 =

Students with moderate to severe disabilities receive specially designed instruction in all areas.

McKinney Vento =

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act

Children who are homeless have rights and protections to enable them to continue with their education while homeless.


Positive Behavior Social & Emotional Support

A process of planning and problem solving that includes direct teaching of social behaviors just like academics are taught. It is organized in Three Tiers:

  • Tier 1: What “ALL” students get in the form of instruction (academic and behavior/social-‐ emotional) and student supports. Tier 1 focuses on proactive classroom management and positive relationships with all.
  • Tier 2: More focused services provided to “some” students in addition to what they receive in addition to Tier 1 instruction. PLEASE NOTEVOICE is primarily a Tier 2 Intervention.
  • Tier 3:What “few” students receive and is the most intense service level a school can provide to a student. Tier 3 services help students overcome significant barriers to learning academic and/or behavior skills required for school.

Restorative Justice/Discipline

Empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own and in small groups. The idea is to bring students together in peer-mediated small groups to talk, ask questions, and air their grievances.


Social Emotional Learning A process through which students become more aware of their feelings and learn to relate more peacefully to others.

Title I, Part A

The Purpose is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. This involves intensive intervention for students not meeting standard in literacy and, in some schools, math. The goal of the program is to accelerate learning for these students and bring them quickly to standard.

Those elementary schools whose free and reduced lunch rate is higher than the district average receive Title I, Part A dollars to support identified students.


Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education

A part of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, VOICE exists to provide mentoring support with students who need academic, social and/or emotional support in every school in the Issaquah School District.


Where Everyone Belongs

A peer-led orientation day for all 6th grade students and new 7th and 8th grade students.