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Attendance and non-attendance at school or university

absence

noun

a period of time when someone is not at work or at school when they should be

absenteeism

noun

the habit of not being at school or work when you should be, usually without a good reason

attend

verb

to go regularly to a place, for example to a school as a student or to a church as a member

attendance

noun

the number of people who are present at an event or in a place such as a school or church

attendance

noun

the fact of being present at an event or of going regularly to school, church, etc.

audit

verb

to go regularly to class for a college course without asking for or receiving credit for taking the course

board

verb

to live with other students at school or college during the part of the year that you go to classes

drop out

to leave something such as an activity, school, or competition before you have finished what you intended to do

enroll

verb

to put your name on the official list of students who go to a particular school, university, course, etc., or put another person’s name on the list for them

enrollment

noun

when someone is officially put on the list of students who go to a school, college, or university

enrollment

noun

the number of people who are taking a course or courses at a school or university

entrance

noun

the right to join a group or organization, for example a university or a profession

entrant

noun

someone who joins a profession, university, or school

exclude

verb

to expel or suspend a child from school

exclusion

noun

a child’s expulsion or suspension from school

excuse

noun

a note written by your parent or your doctor that explains why you have missed work or school

expel

verb

to force a student to leave a school permanently

expulsion

noun

an occasion when someone is officially forced to leave a school or college permanently. The usual British word is exclusion

flunk out

to have to leave a school because your work is not satisfactory

get in

to be accepted to study at a school or chosen to play for a team, etc.

get into

to be accepted to study at a school or chosen to play for a team, etc.

go back

when schools or students go back, classes begin again after a long holiday

go down

to leave a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the end of a term (=period of study) or a course of study

go up

to go to a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the beginning of a term (=period of study) or a course of study

graduate

verb

to complete your studies at a school such as a high school, college, or university and get a diploma or a degree

here

adverb, interjection

used for saying that you are present in class when the teacher calls the names of all the students in the class

intake

noun

the number of people accepted by an institution such as a school, university, or company at one time

leave

verb

to stop working for an organization or going to school or college

matriculate

verb

to officially become a student at a university

nonattendance

noun

repeated failure to be present at a place, for example a meeting, class, etc. that you are expected to go to

off

adjective, adverb, preposition

not at work, for example because you are not well or because it is not a normal working day

pass out

to officially complete a course at a military or a police college

quit

verb

to leave a job or school permanently

registration

noun

the process of making the arrangements to take classes at a particular school or university

school-leaver

noun

someone who has just left school and is looking for a job

school refusal

noun

fear of going to school

skive

verb

to not be at work or school when you should be there

skive off

to avoid going to school or work when you should go

stay off

to not go to work or school because you are sick

suspend

verb

to officially stop someone from doing their job or from going to school for a limited time because they have done something wrong

suspension

noun

a punishment in which someone is removed from a team, job, or school for a short time

tardy

noun

an occasion when you are late for a class, or a record that a teacher keeps of this

time off

noun

time when you are not at work or in school

transfer

verb

to stop studying at one school or university and go to another

truancy

noun

the act or habit of staying away from school without permission

matriculation

noun

truant

adjective

cut class/school

to not go to class/school when you should be there

get the boot

to be told to leave your job or your school

play hooky

used when you do not go to work

play hooky

if a student plays hooky, they do not go to school on a day when they are expected to

play truant

to stay away from school without permission

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