Pre-AP® courses deliver grade-level appropriate instruction through focused course frameworks, engaging instructional resources, and checks for understanding. They are designed to support all students across varying levels of abilities through focus. They are not honors or advanced courses. Students learn more deeply by spending time on the topics and skills that matter most. The program grants teachers and students the time for deep engagement with content. Pre-AP challenges students to build relevant critical thinking skills through the following shared principles:
Close Observation and Analysis: As students encounter texts, art, graphs, maps, problems, and other source materials, they will learn to first engage in deep, close observation before being asked to explain and then apply or evaluate.
Evidence-Based Writing: Students craft claims in science, analyze sources in history, provide explanations to problems in math, demonstrate reading comprehension in ELA, and critique artistic choices in the arts. They begin with a focus on the sentence before progressing to paragraph- and essay-level writing.
Higher-Order Questioning: Students are encouraged to grapple with questions that spark curiosity and promote productive critical thinking skills so they can succeed on unfamiliar, new tasks.
Academic Conversations: Students must be engaged, active participants in their learning. Pre-AP offers frequent opportunities for students to compare, critique, debate, and build upon others’ ideas.
What We Provide
If your school opts to offer Pre-AP courses to prepare all students for success in high school and beyond, here’s what we supply.
Focused Course Frameworks: The Pre-AP Course Frameworks are like a blueprint that teachers can use to plan targeted instruction that best suits their students’ specific needs. By devoting more time to fewer concepts, all students are able to achieve success and mastery of grade-level-appropriate material.
Engaging Instructional Resources: Model lessons that feature motivating classroom activities, engaging texts, and challenging practice. They’re developed in close collaboration with educational experts and align closely with state standards.
Learning Checkpoints: The Pre-AP digital unit quizzes and performance tasks help students track their growth against consistent, high standards and allow teachers the opportunity to refocus on foundational concepts that need more attention. Final exams in each course provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery.
Collaborative Educator Workshops: Pre-AP Readiness Workshops introduce the content, design, and pedagogy of Pre-AP. New Pre-AP teachers can attend an official Pre-AP Summer Institute, a four-day collaborative experience that empowers participants to begin to prepare and plan for their Pre-AP course. Teachers explore course materials and experience model lessons from the student’s point of view. They also work with peers to begin to plan and build their own course materials, so they are ready on day one of instruction. Additional online modules are available to course teachers and give fresh, new approaches all year long.
The Pre-AP Designation
The Pre-AP courses that a school offers will receive the College Board’s official Pre-AP designation.
To earn the designation for a course, you must agree to:
- Align instruction to the course framework.
- Administer the digital assessments we provide.
- Take part in collaborative educator workshops.
- Offer the course to all on-level students.
- Attest to implementation requirements.
Schools that deliver Pre-AP to all students can receive an “Official Pre-AP Designation,” communicating a commitment to preparing all students for success in high school and beyond. This designation demonstrates that teachers align instruction to the Pre-AP course frameworks and instructional principles, administer assessments, and have completed collaborative educator workshops.