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What Is the AP Program?

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is an academic program that gives high school students an opportunity to do college-level coursework. There are 38 AP courses available in a wide range of subjects. AP Exams are given each year in May.

Why Do Students Take AP?

There are several reasons why students choose to take AP courses and exams:

  • College admission officers look for challenging courses—such as AP classes—on applications.
  • Many colleges grant credit, placement in advanced college classes, or both for qualifying scores on AP Exams.
  • AP courses give students a chance to build the academic skills they need in college.
  • AP courses challenge students and let them experience what college courses will be like.

How Does Pre-AP Set Students Up for Success in AP?

The Pre-AP Program is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to succeed in AP and other college-level coursework. Participation in Pre-AP courses allows students to slow down and focus on the most essential and relevant concepts and skills. Students have frequent opportunities to engage deeply with texts, sources, and data as well as compelling higher-order questions and problems. Across Pre-AP courses, students experience shared instructional practices and routines that help them develop and strengthen the important critical thinking skills that help them succeed in AP.

  • All Pre-AP frameworks are back mapped from Advanced Placement expectations.
  • Pre-AP courses offer schools instructional frameworks and resources, student practice, and formative assessments in motivating, engaging courses that give all students the chance to become AP ready.
  • Pre-AP performance tasks model AP free response questions (FRQ) and provide teachers with the opportunity to evaluate the depth of student understanding and mastery of the skills not easily assessed on multiple-choice assessments.
  • The consistent instructional model of plan, teach, and assess provides continuity for students and teachers across all courses.