Offering Pre-AP at your School
Every student deserves the opportunity to know how much they can grow—not just in school and college, but in life. The College Board developed Pre-AP to deliver on this simple premise. This program delivers that opportunity at a critical time for student learning. Too many students are entering high school below grade level, as well as becoming less motivated to learn and less engaged in their coursework. We’ve collaborated closely with students, parents, and educators to ensure that Pre-AP engages students and addresses the challenges that exist. Pre-AP is designed to meet every student where they are now.
In the Pre-AP Course Audit, Pre-AP course administrators and teachers are required to attest to curricular, resource, and implementation requirements. To earn the designation for a course, you must agree to these four requirements:
- 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 first 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.
Teachers and leaders should also review the curricular and resource requirements in the Pre-AP course guide to ensure that they are met.
Pre-AP is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be successful in AP and other college-level coursework. As such, Pre-AP frameworks and assessments must serve as the foundation for all sections of the course at the school. Schools are expected to encourage student participation in Pre-AP. They shall not establish any barriers to Pre-AP because it’s designed to serve all students. It’s understood that students who have already taken the course or require significant accommodations may not be in the Pre-AP class.
Pre-AP designation is granted at the course level.
The College Board has been working with individual states to ensure that the appropriate course codes are available. If you have any questions about course codes for your state, contact your state education agency. If you need more information, feel free to reach out to [email protected]. We recommend that schools and states use the equivalent of a Standard designation. For Texas, Florida, and California, please see below:
Texas: For Pre-AP courses, Texas high schools are utilizing existing Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) course codes for the corresponding Pre-AP subject matter. For more information, please contact the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Florida: Schools are utilizing Pre-AP course codes in the Course Code Directory (CCD) that were created by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).
California: All Pre-AP courses are approved by the University of California (UC) as A-G courses and are searchable on the UC Doorways site.
The College Board believes that all students deserve engaging, relevant, and challenging grade-level coursework. Access to this type of coursework increases opportunities for all students, including groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in AP and college classrooms. Therefore, the Pre-AP Program is dedicated to collaborating with educators across the country to ensure all students have the supports to succeed in appropriately challenging classroom experiences that allow students to learn and grow. It is only through a sustained commitment to equitable preparation, access, and support that true excellence can be achieved for all students, and the Pre-AP course designation requires this commitment.
Course Content and Assessments
The courses are in part designed by the College Board and in part designed by the participating school. The Pre-AP course frameworks are comprehensive. However, the College Board provides sample instructional materials for each course that will cover up to 50% of instructional time—thereby leaving a significant amount of time for usage of local curricula and content.
Schools are required to administer at least one learning checkpoint per unit, as well as all four of the performance tasks. Our digital assessments and performance tasks are designed to be quick formative checks that measure student performance against the Pre-AP framework—but districts might need to offer additional assessments for state-specific standards or requirements.
In addition to a framework, Pre-AP courses include sample instructional resources that can occupy up to 50% of class time.
Yes. Each Pre-AP course has a course guide and framework, available on the course page, that includes sample instructional resources.
Yes. Pre-AP is designed so that you can use and incorporate your existing textbook and curricular resources, but you will need to confirm the alignment of these materials to the course requirements.
Pre-AP courses don’t have an end-of-course assessment that competes with or replaces an individual state’s assessment. The English 1, Algebra 1, Biology, and World History and Geography courses have final exams that a teacher normally has in any class. Final exams will be more in line with what a teacher might already offer in their own class and would not be equivalent to a state assessment.
The course frameworks are aligned to College and Career Readiness and AP standards. Pre-AP courses are designed to support student success in AP, SAT, and other college readiness indicators.
Pre-AP courses will cover some of your state standards. Given that Pre-AP courses are intentionally flexible and sample instructional materials can cover up to 50% of instructional time (depending on the subject), Pre-AP instructional resources can sit alongside your existing curriculum and allow you to utilize your local content to address specific state standards that are not covered in Pre-AP courses. We offer standards crosswalks for the Pre-AP course frameworks and some states, as well as Common Core and NGSS.
EL and Students with Special Needs
For Pre-AP, will there be supports for English learners (EL) and special education students? What happens to our below-level and special education students? Pre-AP is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be successful in AP and other college-level coursework. As such, Pre-AP frameworks and assessments must serve as the foundation for all sections of the course at the school. Pre-AP does provide recommendations for meeting learners’ needs, which include differentiation strategies to address diverse learning needs. These strategies include ideas for just-in-time skill building during a lesson or ways to break a task into smaller tasks, if needed, to make it more accessible. These are appropriate for any student, including EL and special education students.
Existing School Organization and local “Pre-AP” Programs
Pre-AP is a registered trademark of College Board and can only be used in relation to the official College Board Pre-AP courses. Now that Pre-AP is available for purchase nationally, a “Pre-AP” label may not be used in conjunction with courses that have not been designated as Pre-AP courses by College Board. We recognize that re-labeling courses takes time, but we expect schools to take action now to complete that process. All violating uses of “Pre-AP” must cease during the 2021-22 academic year.
No. Pre-AP is a program designed for all students. College Board is dedicated to equity and access. Pre-AP frameworks serve as the foundation for all sections of the course at the school.
Yes, a school can offer Pre-AP and Pre-AP Honors sections of the same course. All Pre-AP courses are defined by the Pre-AP Approach to Teaching and Learning, not just the course titles. Schools can offer Pre-AP and Pre-AP Honors sections of the same course, as long as the Pre-AP Approach to Teaching and Learning is the foundation for both courses – defined by the Pre-AP course framework, shared principles, areas of focus, and assessments for learning.
The course framework defines the learning objectives that apply to all students enrolled in the course, but differentiation for specific student populations is most effective when guided by local decisions. Targeted instructional suggestions for meeting learners’ needs are provided in Pre-AP resources as examples.
Any additional differentiation can certainly be implemented by teachers to ensure all students have equitable opportunities for engaging in Pre-AP. The assumption is that schools and teachers can best determine the most appropriate supports and extensions for students who need them. For example, teachers may increase or decrease the scaffolding provided, or they may choose to enhance the current Pre-AP resources by increasing the complexity of a text or data set for students who are ready to engage in more advanced work.
Pricing and Ordering
See our current course pricing here. There is an annual fee of $3,000 per Pre-AP course per site in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. And because we believe that Art is an integral part of a student’s education, the College Board is offering the Pre-AP Arts courses for free to every school that purchases at least one Pre-AP non-arts course.
Here’s what’s included in the per course price:
- Full-year course framework
- Digital instructional resources for each course
- 1 set of teacher print materials
- 1 print copy of Pre-AP Coordinator's guide
Assessments for Learning
- 8 digital learning checkpoints per course
- 4 student performance tasks per course
- 1 digital final exam per course (Grade 9 courses only in 2020)
Development for Pre-AP Teachers
- Online Foundational Module Series
- Online Scoring Modules
- 4 Pre-AP Arts courses at no additional fee
- Official Pre-AP course designation
Print student materials cost an additional $5.
Go to our ordering website, then go to my account and then to my orders. All previous orders can be located here.
Contact us at [email protected] or call 877-262-7320.
Email us at [email protected] to place an order for additional print resources for the 2020-21 academic year.
Going forward, the Pre-AP Professional Learning courses will be geared toward supporting the new Pre-AP courses. Like the previous Pre-AP workshops, the new workshops will offer content that is in alignment with the new Pre-AP course frameworks, routines, and instructional shifts, focus on instructional routines and strategies that teachers can use for immediate implementation, and emphasize cross-disciplinary connections and shared principles.
The Pre-AP Professional Learning portfolio includes an online Leadership Workshop for schools implementing Pre-AP courses. This Workshop is available at no cost to Pre-AP schools in an on-demand format. In addtition, we’ve developed resources for schools and districts to facilitate meetings with faculty, family, and community audiences, and a toolkit for self-guided classroom observation.
Yes. The summer before their first year teaching a Pre-AP course, teachers and at least one leader are required to take part in professional learning offered by the College Board. Customers who purchase Pre-AP must meet this professional learning requirement. Learn more here.
Pre-AP has been designed to work together with SpringBoard. Learn more here.
By purchasing Pre-AP, SpringBoard schools will gain access to the Pre-AP brand designation and externally scored assessments that aren’t part of SpringBoard. Moreover, SpringBoard customers will receive the maximum discount of 50% off the standard Pre-AP price.
Pre-AP courses go beyond ELA and math and are designed with a specific focus on cross-disciplinary alignment, meaning that each course will be teaching skills that are consistent across the subject areas. Pre-AP subjects currently include English 1 and 2, Algebra 1, Geometry with Statistics, World History and Geography, Biology, Chemistry, and Visual and Performing Arts, with more courses planned. The program emphasizes certain basic learning tenets and methodologies that augment and reinforce the SpringBoard curriculum in English and math.
For more information, download SpringBoard and Pre-AP: What Schools Should Know (.pdf/476 KB).
Yes. We’ll provide existing SpringBoard customers with instructional planning guides that show how SpringBoard can work with Pre-AP, identifying which SpringBoard activities may be used alongside the Pre-AP model lessons. These documents are found on Pre-AP classroom and on this site on the Instructional Planning Supports page.
No. Pre-AP provides additional benefits that SpringBoard-only customers don't have.
Subject and Grade Level Offering
The Pre-AP Program recognizes the autonomy of secondary schools and districts in setting course participation policies that best meet their students’ unique needs and learning goals. At the same time, Pre-AP courses are specifically designed to provide grade-level coursework based on high school content, skills, and expectations.
Pre-AP courses should be offered at the middle school level only if those middle school courses are intended to meet high-school level standards. For example, while Pre-AP Algebra 1 may be appropriate for middle school students who are taking high-school-level Algebra 1, Pre-AP Biology would not be a suitable replacement for an existing Biology course that addresses middle school standards.
When considering offering Pre-AP to younger students, educators should be mindful that College Board believes students are best served by coursework focusing on the academic building blocks necessary for later, successful enrollment in college-level courses. Additionally, Pre-AP is focused on equity and access. Pre-AP frameworks and assessments serve as the foundation for all sections of the course at the school.
No. However, all Pre-AP disciplines share a common set of classroom routines, or principles, that further strengthen students’ reading, analysis, writing, problem-solving, and communication skills. Schools that implement multiple Pre-AP courses provide students with the multiplicative effects of cross-disciplinary alignment during the critical early high school years.
Yes. In addition to our existing 11 courses, we are developing Pre-AP Algebra 2, which is slated to launch in the 2022-23 academic year.
Yes, with the exception of the final exam. The final exam requires use of a secure browser and may be used on tablets, laptops, or desktop computers only.
Yes. Course instructional materials and assessments will be delivered digitally. Teachers will need access to a digital device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to access the instructional materials and administer the assessments.
Yes. Course instructional materials and assessments will be delivered digitally. Teachers will need access to a digital device (tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to access the instructional materials and administer the assessments.
Yes. Assessments will be delivered digitally. Students will be expected to complete eight assessments per course, each taking less than one class period. They will need access to a digital device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to complete these assessments. The final exam requires use of a secure browser and may be used on tablets, laptops, or desktop computers only. The sample instructional resources are delivered as PDF files on Pre-AP Classroom and thus can be printed if necessary. Printed student resources are available for $5 per student, depending on the course.