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At the College Board, we’ve spent years listening to teachers and students in order to better understand the greatest challenges they face. We want to do more to support teachers and prepare students for success. That’s why we created the Pre-AP Program.

The Program

Pre-AP is a new program that offers instructional resources and classroom-based assessments to schools that are interested in earning an official Pre-AP designation from the College Board.

The Pre-AP Program offers consistent, high standards in focused courses that help build, strengthen, and reinforce students’ content knowledge and skills. Pre-AP courses get students ready for AP and other college-level coursework. And they’re designed for ALL students and to be the standard, baseline course in their particular subjects.

The program launched in fall of 2018 in eight new courses for ninth grade, with others to follow.


The Pre-AP Program’s objectives are to:

  • Significantly increase the number of students who are able to access and complete college-level work—like AP—before leaving high school.
  • Improve the college readiness of all students.

Teacher Input

Pre-AP was developed with and will continue to evolve through educator involvement. We developed the Pre-AP Program in collaboration with expert middle and high school teachers and college professors across the country. They helped us design a program that supplies effective resources and gives teachers the freedom and flexibility to teach the way they’ve always wanted to teach.


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

  • Engaging resources meet students where they are.
  • Meaningful feedback shows 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.

Join Us

Find out how to offer Pre-AP courses at your school.