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Community Service Hours: The number of community service hours on the guide reflects the completed number of hours by the student and documented by the school at the time the data were pulled. All schools require at least 100 hours for graduation. To determine the number of hours required by your school, please reach out to your school counselor.

Grade: The student’s grade level as it is listed in Aspen based on number of credits earned and key classes passed, including English and Algebra II.

ISA (In Seat Attendance): The percentage of school days a student is present at school. This includes both excused and unexcused absences, but does not include days missed for school activities, in-school suspension, or when a student is receiving services through the Home and Hospital  Instruction Program (HHIP). Every day counts!

PSAT: An exam that helps prepare students for the SAT and covers reading, writing/language, and math. DCPS offers the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT. The scale ranges from 240-1520 depending on the version of the test.

SAT: An exam that is one of many factors used by colleges and universities to determine whether a student will be
admitted. The scale ranges from 400-1600. A score of 1010 is considered college and career ready.

Weighted GPA (Grade Point Average): A number that accounts for the student’s class grades and the difficulty of the courses taken. A weighted GPA may exceed a 4.0 if a student is enrolled in Advanced Placement or honors
courses. In contrast, an unweighted GPA is on a 4.0 scale and does not consider the difficulty of courses. This Guide
uses Weighted GPA.