An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by the Lakeside communications office

This cheat sheet offers a rundown of common Lakeside acronyms and lingo. Still can't figure something out? Email us at and we'll add it to the list!


APPLE: Appreciative Parents and Guardians Program to Laud Educators. Lakeside PGA's faculty and staff appreciation program.

B&LL: The Brain and Learning Lab at the Middle School. Learning specialists offer study, test-taking, and organizational skills instruction, plus tutoring and a place to study. 

GAFE: Google Apps for Education. Used in many classes. 

GSL: Global Service Learning program. Weeklong trips integrated into 8th-grade curriculum for all Middle School students, and by choice via summer and elective options in the Upper School.

JC: Judicial Committee. An Upper School committee of six elected members (one student per grade and two faculty), overseen by the US assistant director, who deal with discipline cases referred to them by Upper School administrators. 

LRC: The Learning Resource Center at the Upper School is where students can study, get academic support, and meet with tutors, located in the library.

MS/US: Middle School, Upper School. 

P/G: Parents and guardians. 

PGA: Parents and Guardians Association. 

ROAR: Raising Our Allocated Funds. The annual PGA celebration to raise funds and build community. 

SST: Student support team identifies students having academic or social/emotional difficulty and designs appropriate ways to support them, in consultation with the student, advisor, teachers, and parents/guardians.

TBH: To Be Honest conversations at the Upper School. 

TPGAAC: The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center at the Upper School, which houses the Ackerley Competition Gymnasium. Also referred to as the AAC or “the gym.” 

WCC: The Wright Community Center; main cafeteria space at the Upper School. 

Lakeside-isms (special events, groups, and other lingo) 

Advisory: Groups of students who meet with an advisor. The Middle School day begins with advisory (except for Community Meeting on Thursdays); in the Upper School, advisory usually happens on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

Affinity groups: A gathering of people who share an identity (e.g. race, gender, religion, country of origin, language, family status, etc.). In addition to affinity groups for students, there are parent/guardian affinity groups through the PGA. 

All-School Picnic: The annual kick-off to the new school year for students, families, and faculty and staff, sponsored by the PGA and School Diversity Committee.

Annual Fund: The Annual Fund is Lakeside's major annual fundraising effort.

Arts Fest: Annual spring celebration of visual and performing arts at the Upper School. 

Assembly: A weekly assembly of the Upper School that includes announcements, performances, and other events. 

The Bull and The Daily: Daily email newsletters sent to students with important information including schedules, lunch menus, and announcements.

Community Meeting: Weekly all-school meeting every Thursday at the Middle School. 

Convocation: An event for all students, faculty, and staff that officially kicks off the new school year. 

Crossroads: The area in the Middle School between the dining room, directors’ offices, and the stairwell. 

The Den: Lakeside’s learning management system. Previously known as “Haiku.” 

Grand Day: Day in late November when grandparents and grand-friends visit campus. 

Harkness table: Teaching method using a large, oval table to facilitate student-led classroom environment. 

May Day: All-school student celebration in spring put on by Student Government. 

Numidian: The Upper School yearbook. 

Red Square: Red brick open space at the Upper School between McKay Chapel, Bliss Hall, and Pigott Library.

Rummage: The annual Rummage Sale put on by the Parents and Guardians Association.

The Spline: The hallway on the first floor of the Middle School, along the performing arts facilities. 

Statement of Community Expectations: Core document detailing Lakeside’s philosophy of conduct.

Student center: A social space for students connected to the Wright Community Center at the Upper School. 

Tatler: The Upper School student newspaper, published monthly. 

Veracross: Lakeside’s school information management system, including billing, directory, schedules, and more.