Find answers to your questions about the Pre-AP designation, how Pre-AP relates to SpringBoard and honors curricula, and more.

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General Questions


No. Pre-AP is a program for all students. All students deserve the opportunity to develop the foundation necessary for college readiness and AP coursework. That’s what Pre-AP courses are designed to do.

If you offer any of the Pre-AP courses listed on this site, they must be offered with open access (see below). Schools or districts are free to augment or enhance our Pre-AP offerings in order to make them part of their honors curriculum.

It means that participating schools must not establish any barriers to the Pre-AP program. Pre-AP should serve as the baseline standard course for all students across the whole grade level. Only students who require significant accommodations may be exempt from participation at the school’s discretion.

Yes. Course instructional materials and assessments will be delivered digitally. Teachers will need access to an internet-enabled device (phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to access the instructional materials and administer the assessments. For the initial cohort, the program will supply the teacher with a printed course guide as well as the digital resources.

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 an internet-enabled device (phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to complete these assessments. However, the course materials are delivered as PDF files on our digital platform and thus can be printed if necessary. For the initial cohort, the program will supply the students with printed student readers as well as the digital 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.

Schools that use SpringBoard as their comprehensive curriculum for ELA and math can bypass the course audit process that begins in 2020.

Pre-AP designation is granted at the course level and can rise to a school-level designation if the maximum number of Pre-AP courses for each school is offered.

Beginning in fall of 2022, all courses labeled Pre-AP must be submitted and approved through the Pre-AP course audit process.

Our aim is to create a unified and consistent set of expectations for any course called Pre-AP—including making Pre-AP coursework available for all students—while preserving local flexibility in what is taught. Schools and districts that wish to continue using the Pre-AP designation will have a transition period of up to five years to adapt to these new expectations.

For SpringBoard Schools and Districts


The SpringBoard program is a comprehensive ELA and math curriculum for grades 6–12. The Pre-AP program is a set of courses designed to prepare all students for high school and college success as well as AP coursework. Pre-AP is not a comprehensive curriculum but rather offers course frameworks and selected lessons, routines, and/or tasks that allow teachers the flexibility to use their own materials and resources.

Pre-AP courses go beyond ELA and math and are designed with a specific focus on cross-disciplinary alignment. Pre-AP subjects currently include ELA, Algebra 1, World History and Geography, Biology, and Visual and Performing Arts, with more courses planned for the future.

Pre-AP is currently designed for ninth graders (with other grades to follow in the future). The program emphasizes certain basic learning tenets and methodologies that augment and reinforce the current ninth-grade SpringBoard curriculum in ELA and math.

Yes. Eventually, SpringBoard ELA and Math will be redesigned to fully incorporate the Pre-AP instructional shifts and routines, so Pre-AP schools may select SpringBoard as their comprehensive curriculum for those subjects and bypass the course audit process that will begin in 2020. Prior to these redesigns, we will help SpringBoard schools create curriculum maps to support both programs in math and ELA. For this initial cohort, SpringBoard schools will go through the same process as everyone else.