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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 the following:

  • Pre-AP for All: All students enrolled in on-level courses participate in Pre-AP.
    • Course Audit administrators may request a deferment for the Pre-AP for All requirement through Course Audit, so long as they commit to developing a plan to expand Pre-AP access at their school. 
  • 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 administrator per site complete a Pre-AP Summer Institute, either in person or online. Teachers complete at least 1 online scoring module.

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. 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.

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, Pre-AP will open to all schools. We started 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's as robust an offering as possible in 2020. To learn more about the 2020 implementation cycle, complete an interest form. Ordering for the 2020-21 school year is now open. Complete an order request form here.

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 2019 and beyond. 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]. Because Pre-AP is designed for all on-level ninth-grade students, 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: Based on guidance from the State’s High School Articulation Unit, the College Board won’t submit the Pre-AP courses until they can be available to any and all high schools in the State of California in 2020-21 (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 2020-21 course submission period once it’s available statewide. When we submit the Pre-AP courses and they’re 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.

College Board believes that all students deserve engaging and challenging grade-level coursework. Increasing access to this type of coursework leads to increased 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 access to meaningful classroom experiences that allow them to learn, grow, and build their confidence. It is only through a sustained commitment to equitable preparation and access 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


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 won’t provide specific supports for EL and special education students because 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 the substance or structure of your existing program or the courses that you currently offer. However, the term Pre-AP can only be used in relation to the official College Board Pre-AP courses described on this page. 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 existing courses are providing you with the results you seek, you can keep your program as is, but you may no longer use the term “Pre-AP” in describing those courses or in relation to the program. We understand that there are multiple steps required to change the name of a course, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible.

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.



See our current course pricing here. There is an annual fee of $3,000 per Pre-AP course 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:

Instructional Resources

  • 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 professional learning modules
  • For the 2020-21 school year only, the College Board will waive the registration fee for 4-day Pre-AP Summer Institute for Pre-AP teachers in your school/district (limits apply). Additional seats may be purchased for $495.


  • 4 Pre-AP Arts courses at no additional fee
  • Official Pre-AP course designation

Print student materials cost an additional $5.

Professional Learning


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 a virtual 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 are required to take part in training offered by the College Board. Customers who purchase Pre-AP must meet this professional learning requirement. There are two options to meet this requirement. Learn more here.

SpringBoard Users


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.

Yes. We’ll provide existing SpringBoard customers with curriculum pathways that guide how SpringBoard can work with Pre-AP, identifying which SpringBoard activities may be used alongside the Pre-AP model lessons. These pathway documents are found on the Pre-AP teacher community.

No. Pre-AP provides additional benefits that SpringBoard-only customers don't 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'll 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 designed to prepare all students for high school and college success as well as AP coursework. Pre-AP isn’t 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 won’t cover more than 50% of instructional time.

Subject and Grade Level Offering


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 the 2020-21 school year, we’ll also offer English 2, Geometry with Statistics, and Chemistry.


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 our digital platform and thus can be printed if necessary. Printed student readers are available for $5-$6 per student, depending on the course.