What Is the Pre-AP Course Designation?
Schools that deliver Pre-AP to all their students and fulfill all other implementation requirements can receive an Official Pre-AP Designation, communicating a commitment to preparing all students for success in high school and beyond. All schools that receive the Official Pre-AP Designation will be added to the official College Board Pre-AP Course Ledger, along with the courses offered.
Schools participating in the College Board’s Pre-AP Program must go through a process called the Pre-AP Course Audit. The Pre-AP Course Audit ensures that each Pre-AP course meets specific requirements to receive an official Pre-AP course designation.
The Pre-AP Course Audit is intended to:
- Give Pre-AP teachers and coordinators clear guidelines on curricular, resource, and implementation requirements that each Pre-AP course must meet in order to receive a Pre-AP course designation.
- Give colleges and universities confidence that Pre-AP courses are designed to meet the same criteria across all schools.
Each individual school has the opportunity to develop curriculum for courses labeled “Pre-AP.” We provide Pre-AP teachers with course frameworks developed in partnership with secondary school and college faculty nationwide to define expectations to which they should align their course design, as well as required learning checkpoints that they must administer throughout the year. While we provide sample instructional resources that teachers may use with their students, we don’t mandate their use for Pre-AP courses.
Why Go Through the Pre-AP Course Audit?
Participation in the Pre-AP Course Audit process is required for teachers to access Pre-AP Classroom, which includes sample instructional materials as well as the digital learning checkpoints they are required to administer.
Pre-AP courses must be authorized by the Pre-AP Program in order to use “Pre-AP” in those course names. The only way to do that is through the Pre-AP Course Audit.
Once your school’s courses are authorized, they will be included in the Pre-AP Course Ledger—the official list of all Pre-AP courses—so colleges and universities can verify student transcripts.
The Course Audit Process
Each school that offers Pre-AP courses must name a Pre-AP Course Audit administrator. This is usually the principal or principal’s designee, and may be the Pre-AP coordinator. It is important for this person to be available during the summer months, as the Course Audit process must be completed before access to Pre-AP Classroom is provided. This person is responsible for reviewing the implementation requirements, renewing authorizations annually, and checking the Pre-AP Course Ledger each academic year to make sure it accurately lists their school’s Pre-AP course offerings.
The Pre-AP Program has four unique implementation requirements that must be met in order to receive a Pre-AP course designation.
To complete Course Audit, your school’s Pre-AP teachers and Pre-AP Course Audit administrator must attest to the following:
- Pre-AP for All: Pre-AP frameworks and assessments serve as the foundation for all sections of the course at the school.
- Note: Course Audit administrators may request a deferment for the Pre-AP for All requirement through Course Audit. To do so, they must refrain from establishing any entry barriers (e.g., minimum test scores, previous grades, or teacher recommendation) which could hinder students’ participation in the Pre-AP course. Additionally, they must commit to developing a plan to expand Pre-AP access at their school over time. Please see the Pre-AP for All Planning Guide for additional information.
- Course Frameworks: Teachers align classroom instruction to the course frameworks.
- Assessments: Teachers administer at least 1 learning checkpoint per unit, and 4 performance tasks.
- Professional Learning: Teachers and at least 1 leader per site complete a Pre-AP Summer Institute or the Online Foundational Module Series. Teachers complete at least 1 online performance scoring module.
Completing Course Audit
Watch this video if you are a new Pre-AP school.
Watch this video if you are a returning Pre-AP school.
Your Pre-AP Course Audit tasks are completed online. If you are a new Pre-AP School, you will receive an access code on March 15, 2021, that you’ll use to sign in to, or create, your Pre-AP Course Audit account. Teachers can begin the Course Audit process on March 1, 2021. Here are the steps to completing Course Audit:
New Pre-AP Schools
|Course Audit Administrator||Pre-AP Teacher|
Returning Pre-AP Schools
|Course Audit Administrator||Pre-AP Teacher|
||If a teacher is teaching the same Pre-AP course(s) as previous academic year, there is no action needed by the teacher.|
Frequently Asked Questions – Course Audit Administrators
- What if my school is returning, but I am a new Course Audit administrator?
If your school has offered the College Board Pre-AP Program in past years, but you are a new Course Audit administrator for your school, please call 877-262-7320 to get your Course Audit access code. Create your College Board account , and then follow the steps for the renewing school Course Audit administrator.
- What if I have a new teacher for a course that our school offered in previous years?
If you have a course you offered in previous years, but you have a new teacher instructing that course, that teacher should follow the steps for the Pre-AP teacher for new schools. Once the teacher completes their steps, then they will appear in your queue to confirm as the teacher of record (including co-teachers).
Frequently Asked Questions – Teachers
- What if I am teaching a Pre-AP course for the first time, but my school has offered this course in previous years?
If your school has offered a College Board Pre-AP course in previous years, but you are teaching this course for the first time, please follow the steps for a Pre-AP teacher for a new Pre-AP school.
- MARCH 1, 2021
Pre-AP Course Audit opens for the 2021-22 school year.
Pre-AP and AP Course Ledger
The course ledger lists secondary school courses offered worldwide that are authorized to include either AP or Pre-AP designation when listed on students’ transcripts. As part of course audit for the academic years listed on the school’s “Authorized Courses” page, AP courses are reviewed by the Advanced Placement® Program (AP), and Pre-AP courses are approved when course audit administrators and teachers agree to course, curricular, and implementation requirements.
Review our searchable, online course ledger.