A Guide To Acronyms

Like any other institution, ACS(I) has a wide range of acronyms and jargon for internal communication, used by staff and students alike. Here's a helpful guide to them.

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Like any other institution, ACS(I) has a wide range of acronyms and jargon for internal communication, used by staff and students alike. Here’s a helpful guide to the acronyms used throughout this page:

  • AEF – The Activity Evaluation Form is a form based on a standard template that you have to fill in for every CAS activity, consisting of reflections on various criteria such as new challenges faced etc.
  • AOK – Within TOK, an Area of Knowledge is a form in which knowledge can take, for example Ethics, or the Natural Sciences.
  • ASP – The Advanced Science Programme is just what it says it is: a separate class of students who have an accelerated curriculum and additional examinations for science subjects. Similar in concept to the Raffles Academy.
  • B&MBusiness & Management is a Group 3 subject offered by the school.
  • BCM – the acronym given to the common subject combination of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • CAS – One of the fundamental components of IB, students are required to complete 150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service through various different activities. Slightly different from CIP in there are a greater variety of projects that you can claim hours for (eg. Creativity hours for Dance)
  • CDP – The Character Development Programme is an overseas school trip for the entire Year 4 cohort.
  • CKSCheong Koon Seng is the name of one of the 8 houses in the school. Also happens to be the name of a highly respected person.
  • CMEChemistry, Mathematics and Economics at Higher Level is a relatively popular subject combination.
  • COG – The Career Opportunities and Guidance Department helps to organise scholarship and career talks, and publicises scholarship opportunities. If you have questions on university applications or anything related to career guidance, feel free to approach their office, which is located at the bottom floor of the Library.
  • Co-Op – The school Co-operative Society serves as the bookshop for the school. It also sells assorted school merchandise such as ties, badges, and ACS Bears.
  • CPA – There are two Centres for Performing Arts in the school, of which CPA 1 (the smaller one) is located in the Old Block next to the spaceframe and CPA 2 is located besides Audi 2 in the New Block.
  • CWO – The Corrective Work Order is a disciplinary punishment rarely used in IB involving a given numbers of service (picking rubbish, etc) a student has to serve as a consequence of misbehaviour.
  • DP – The Demerit Point is a disciplinary punishment for serious forms of misbehaviour. Demerit Points are recorded under the official school system, and accumulation of DPs may lead to withdrawal of Honours Day Awards, letters to parents, or in severe cases expulsion
  • EE – The Extended Essay is a 4000 word essay on a given subject that all IB students are required to write.
  • EFG – The Environmental Focus Group is a CCA in ACS(I).
  • ESSEnvironmental Systems and Societies is a subject combining Biology and Geography in the study of the environment. It can only be taken at Standard Level and can be offered as either a Science (Group 4) or Humanities (Group 3) subject.
  • FOA – This can refer to either the Further Oral Assessment, a graded presentation on a text-type (advertisement, news article, artwork, song etc) that Language and Literature students have to do, or the Festival of Arts, a series of performances done by the performing arts groups in the school.
  • GHKGoh Hood Keng the name of one of the 8 houses in the school. Also happens to be the name of a highly respected person.
  • HEE – Acronym given to the common subject combination of History, Economics and English at Higher Level.
  • HSP – The Humanities Scholarship Programme.
  • IA– The Internal Assessment is a non-examination based form of assessment for each subject. This can take the form of laboratory reports, explorations or written assignments, depending on the subject.
  • IB – The International Baccalaureate is the name of the programme that Year 5 and 6 students undergo. Whether or not students know how to spell it is a different matter entirely.
  • LSGLee Seng Gee is the name of one of the 8 houses in the school. Also happens to be the name of a highly respected person.
  • LT – There are 4 different Lecture Theatres in the school
  • ME – No, this is not some narcissistic reference. The Math Exploration is an original written exploration that all students in the school doing Math have to do as part of their Internal Assessment.
  • OEP – The Overseas Exploration Programme is an annual overseas trip organised for Year 2 and 3 students in the school.
  • Oldham – Founder of ACS. Also the name of one of the 8 houses in the school.
  • OM – The Odyssey of the Mind is a competition involving prepared drama performances and impromptu tasks in which the school has achieved considerable success internationally.
  • PCPastoral Care takes the form of an hour each week where class teachers spend time with their classes to settle admin work and talk about life and moral issues in general.
  • PCM – the acronym given to the common subject combination of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • PME – the acronym given to the common subject combination of Physics, Mathematics and Economics
  • SAC– The Student Activity Centre is a cool name for the canteen in the school. Which, by the way, is air-conditioned.
  • SVMShaw Vee Meng is the name of one of the 8 houses in the school. Also happens to be the name of a highly respected person.
  • TCTTan Chin Tuan is the name of one of the 8 houses in the school. Also happens to be the name of a highly respected person.
  • Thoburn – Important person in the school’s history. Also the name of one of the 8 houses in the school.
  • TKKTan Kah Kee is the name of one of the 8 houses in the school. Also happens to be the name of a highly respected person.
  • TOKTheory of Knowledge is a compulsory subject for all IB students.
  • UGUniformed Groups are compulsory for Secondary school students. There are two main ones offered at IB level, the Boys’ Brigade Primers and the Venture Scouts.
  • WOK – A Way of Knowing is (really) a way in which you can obtain knowledge under TOK, for example sense perception or emotion.
  • WOW – The Window on the World is an overseas service project for Year 5 students. (Mainly to help them with CAS hours, as well as to learn important life lessons).
  • 45 – The number of perfection aspired to by every IB student.

 

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