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At the College Board, we’ve spent years listening to educators and students in order to better understand the greatest challenges they face. We want to do more to support educators as they are helping their students access grade-level content. Every student deserves the opportunity to know how much they can grow—in high school, college, and beyond. That’s why we created the Pre-AP Program and designed it to meet every student where they are now.

The Program

Pre-AP courses deliver grade-level appropriate instruction through focused course frameworks, instructional resources, learning checkpoints, and collaborative educator workshops. They are designed to support all students across varying levels of abilities through focus. They are not honors or advanced courses. The program grants educators and their students the space and time for deep engagement with content.

Participating schools receive an official Pre-AP designation for each course and the opportunity to bring engaging, meaningful, foundational coursework to all their students across varying levels of abilities. This designation signals consistent, high standards in focused courses that help build, strengthen, and reinforce students’ content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

The Pre-AP Program launched in the 2018-19 school year with eight courses. Three additional courses are launching for the fall of 2020.


The Pre-AP Program’s objectives are to:

  • Offer every student access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in high school and beyond
  • Provide educators with engaging, targeted course materials that help them ensure their students successfully master grade-level materials.

Educator Input

Pre-AP was developed with and will continue to evolve through educator involvement. Each Pre-AP course has been developed by committees of expert educators, including middle school, high school, and college faculty. These development committees work with the College Board to design effective frameworks and instructional resources that emphasize and prioritize the content and skills that matter most for later high school coursework and college and career readiness.


Pre-AP is about achieving results for all students. Here’s how the program is designed to accomplish that.

  • Engaging instructional resources meet students where they are.
  • Learning checkpoints show teachers where each student needs additional support and focus.
  • Effective practice helps every student to build, strengthen, and master content knowledge and skills.
  • Flexibility in instructional resources honors the skill and authority of teachers.
  • Challenging coursework emphasizes key literacy, quantitative, and analysis skills across all five disciplines and reinforces these skills in multiple classroom experiences.
  • Open access—a program requirement—means that Pre-AP courses and their high-quality instruction and assessments will serve all students.

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