It offers schools instructional frameworks and resources, student practice, and formative assessments in motivating, engaging courses that give all students the chance to become AP ready.

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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 will offer consistent, high standards in focused courses that help build, strengthen, and reinforce students’ content knowledge and skills. Pre-AP courses will get students ready for AP and other college-level coursework. And they’ll be open to all. 

The program is launching in fall 2018 with five new courses for ninth grade, with other courses 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 before leaving high school.
  • Improve the college readiness of all students.

Teacher Input

We developed the Pre-AP program in collaboration with teachers. Their feedback helped us design a program that supplies effective resources and gives them 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 schools can bring high-quality instruction and assessments to all students.

Join Us

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