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Offering Pre-AP at your School

The goals of the Program are to significantly increase the number of students who are able to access and complete college-level work before leaving high school and to improve the college readiness of all students. All students deserve a curriculum that will prepare them to succeed in college-level coursework, even if college is the first time they take a college level course.

Course Requirements

Pre-AP courses and teachers will:

  • Ensure all students enrolled in on-level courses participate in Pre-AP
  • Administer digital assessments and performance tasks; along with accompanying online scoring modules
  • Align instruction to course frameworks

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 courses shall become the baseline standard and be made available for all on-level students. Schools are expected to encourage student participation in Pre-AP and shall not establish any barriers to Pre-AP as it is designed to serve all students. Of course, we understand that students who have already taken the course or require significant accommodations may not be in the Pre-AP class.

Beginning in the 2020-2021 School Year Pre-AP will open to all schools. We are beginning the Program with a small number of schools in order to ensure that we learn, adapt and develop the Program in the most effective way possible to ensure it is as robust an offering as possible in year 3. To learn more about the 2020 implementation cycle, we recommend that you complete an interest form.

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 for Fall, 2018. If you have any questions about course codes for your state, please reach out to your state education agency. If you need more information, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]. We recommend to schools and states that, given that Pre-AP is designed for all on-level 9th grade students, that they utilize 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: Based on guidance from the State’s High School Articulation Unit, the College Board will not submit the Pre-AP courses until they can be available to any and all high schools in the state of California in 2020-2021 (when Pre-AP is available to any high school in the country that wishes to have it). The College Board will submit the Pre-AP courses for approval during the 2020-2021 course submission period once it’s available statewide. Once we submit the Pre-AP courses and they are approved, the State will honor retroactive approval for the Pre-AP courses so that the California schools/students in our first two cohorts of schools receive "a-g" credit.

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 supplies 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 utilize the Pre-AP digital assessments provided. Our digital assessments and performance-based assessments are designed to be quick formative checks that measure student performance against the Pre-AP framework—but districts might need to augment for state specific standards or requirements.

In addition to a framework, Pre-AP courses include instructional resources that will occupy up to 50% of class time.

Yes. They are available on our web site here.

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 do not have an end of course assessment that competes with or replaces an individual state’s assessment. Beginning in School Year 2019, the courses will 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 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


We suggest that all on-level students in a particular school take the Pre-AP course. We assume that some EL students are clearly capable of taking Pre-AP courses, with the school in the best position to decide if language supports are necessary. Pre-AP will not provide specific supports for EL and special education students as the schools and teachers will know best what resources those students require.

Existing School Organization and local “Pre-AP” Programs


You do not have to change your existing Program or what you are doing currently. If you are having success for your students, you should absolutely continue your local program and do not have to offer the College Board's Pre-AP Program. However, beginning in fall of 2022, to label your course Pre-AP, you will have to be utilizing the College Board Pre-AP Program. Our aim is to create a unified and consistent set of expectations for any course called Pre-AP—while preserving local flexibility in what is taught. If your current Program is providing you with the results you seek, you can keep teaching that Program, but will simply not be able to call it Pre-AP from 2022 onwards.

No. Pre-AP is a program designed for all students. All students deserve the opportunity to develop the foundation necessary for college readiness and AP coursework.



Please see our current course pricing here.

Pricing for the 2020-2021 School Year will be available in May.

Included in the per course price are the following:

  • Digital access to all instructional materials
  • Online professional learning workshop for scoring
  • Eight digital, externally scored assessments per course
  • Four student performance tasks per course
  • Official Pre-AP course designation
  • Instructional and administrative support
  • All four Pre-AP Arts courses at no additional fee

Professional Learning


Going forward, the Pre-AP Professional Learning courses will be geared towards 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 a one-day Leadership Workshop for schools implementing Pre-AP courses. This Workshop is available at no cost to Pre-AP schools in a virtual format. Additionally, 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.

SpringBoard Users


By purchasing Pre-AP, SpringBoard schools will gain access to the Pre-AP brand designation and externally scored assessments that are not part of SpringBoard. Moreover, SpringBoard customers will receive the maximum discount of 50-60% 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, 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 English and math.

Yes. We will provide existing SpringBoard customers with assistance and curriculum mapping support to facilitate working with Pre-AP.

No. Pre-AP provides additional benefits that SpringBoard-only customers do not have.

Pre-AP has been designed to work together with SpringBoard. In the coming years, SpringBoard will be redesigned to align directly with Pre-AP. Before that redesign is complete, we will support SpringBoard schools in their alignment with Pre-AP if they wish to have Pre-AP courses.

The SpringBoard Program is a comprehensive ELA and math curriculum for grades 6–12. The Pre-AP Program is a set of courses (Algebra 1, English, Biology, World History & Geography, Arts) 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. While SpringBoard can cover 100% of instructional time, Pre-AP will not cover more than 50% of instructional time.

Subject and Grade Level Offering


Beginning in School Year 2020-2021, Pre-AP courses may be used at any grade level.

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. Beginning in School Year 2020-21, we will also offer English 2, Geometry, and Chemistry.


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. For the initial two cohorts, the Program will supply teachers with printed course guides and instructional units, as well as student resources.

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. 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 a digital device (mobile 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.