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Pre-AP and SpringBoard: What is the connection?


SpringBoard is a complete curriculum for ELA and math for grades 6–12.

This program provides a full year of instructional resources, including consumable student materials and assessments. It’s everything you need, all year, every year, to teach English language arts and math to all students from middle school to high school.


Pre-AP is a set of courses in five disciplines: English, mathematics, science, social studies and history, and visual and performing arts. The courses are typically offered in grades 9 and 10.

Each course is built from a course framework that focuses on the content and skills most critical to student success, with flexibility to support your local instructional requirements. The program also supplies assessments and model lessons. This program does not provide a complete curriculum. 

How are they alike?

Both programs:

  • Are designed to get all students ready for their next steps: future high school courses, including Advanced Placement® courses, college, and career.
  • Deliver grade-level coursework
  • Provide performance-based assessments
  • Focus on assessments for learning rather than grading
  • Offer robust professional learning to support teachers

How are they different?

SpringBoard Curriculum  Pre-AP Courses

Full curriculum

Set of courses

ELA and math only

All content areas

District- or school-adopted curriculum, which includes comprehensive instructional materials

Course frameworks with model lessons that provide blueprints for instruction, giving teachers the flexibility to use the instructional resources of their choice

No official designation

Official course designation with inclusion in the Pre-AP Ledger

Do they work together?

Because the two programs share basic learning tenets and methodologies—while filling different roles in an educational program—they can work together to increase student success.

You can use a range of instructional materials to build a Pre-AP English or math course, as long as they align with the course framework. Our most recent edition of SpringBoard ELA supports Pre-AP in ways that other curriculums don’t. It’s the only curriculum that is built on the same principles and by the same educators and instructional leaders as Pre-AP. Schools that select SpringBoard ELA as a primary curricular resource have access to lessons and corresponding student materials that follow the Pre-AP unit structure for the full year of instruction. 

In English 1, the first lessons in each SpringBoard unit share the same texts and overall lesson flow as the Pre-AP model lessons. The remaining SpringBoard lessons serve to continue and extend the learning while maintaining the unit goals and preparing students for success on the Pre-AP performance task. English 2 follows the same structure, though some texts vary between Pre-AP and SpringBoard.

While SpringBoard Math courses can be used to address the Pre-AP Frameworks, the instructional approach and activity sequence may need to be modified to meet the requirements of Pre-AP. Pre-AP reflects College Board’s most current, research-based instructional approaches to support all students in preparation for college and career. We know that you’ll see an impact.

My school already has SpringBoard. What would Pre-AP add?

  • Increased focus: The Pre-AP course frameworks guide teachers and students to spend time on the topics and skills that matter most.
  • Schoolwide culture: Create consistency for students by applying the shared principles you’re already using in ELA and math to other disciplines.
  • New cross-discipline collaboration: The instructional principles shared across courses help teachers build horizontal alignment and collaborate with peers in other disciplines while students experience consistency in their educational experience.
  • Model lessons: These lessons offer teachers from different disciplines clear models for engaging, grade-appropriate instruction. English 1 model lessons are embedded in the 2021 English I edition of SpringBoard.
  • Additional assessments: These formative and summative assessments offer teachers a more robust set of data on student progress so they can adapt their instruction. These assessments are not part of the SpringBoard Program.
  • Help with integrating the programs: An instructional planning resource ensures a cohesive SpringBoard and Pre-AP implementation. 
  • Outside recognition: You’ll earn the Pre-AP designation for your courses and school.