Implementing Pre-AP for Coordinators

Best practices for ensuring your school’s Pre-AP program runs smoothly

As your school’s Pre-AP coordinator, you’ll be the primary point of contact for College Board and Pre-AP. You’ll share information with teachers and other staff, manage student rostering, monitor the required professional development—and more.

Before the Academic Year

Understand Your Role

Support the Pre-AP Course Audit Process

  • Confirm the Course Audit administrator role is filled by an instructional leader who’s available during the summer months and empowered to attest to the curriculum and resource requirements for implementation at your school site. Learn about the responsibilities of the Pre-AP Course Audit administrator.
  • Stay in communication with the Course Audit administrator and Pre-AP teachers throughout the Course Audit process because the Course Audit must be completed before teachers can access the instructional resources and professional learning modules on Pre-AP Classroom.

Ensure Professional Learning Requirements Are Met

  • All new Pre-AP teachers and at least 1 leader (this may be the Pre-AP coordinator or another administrator) from each school must complete required professional learning, and are encouraged to take advantage of additional optional professional learning offerings.

  • Returning Pre-AP teachers and leaders are encouraged to engage with professional learning for experienced teachers and leaders.

Familiarize Yourself with Pre-AP’s Digital Support

  • As soon as Pre-AP Classroom opens on June 1, get familiar with it and explore the resources you can access there.
  • Join the official online Pre-AP Coordinator Community, where you can connect with your fellow Pre-AP coordinators to communicate, access, and share resources, and explore best practices.

Facilitate Instructional Support

  • Confirm instructional materials have been received and distributed to Pre-AP teachers and students. For assistance with instructional material orders, contact Pre-AP at [email protected].

  • Identify any required materials not included in your Pre-AP instructional materials by reviewing the Pre-AP Additional Course Materials Requirements in the Pre-AP Coordinator’s Manual.
  • Explore Pre-AP Classroom for each course to find teacher guides, student materials, assessments, and professional learning modules. Standards Crosswalks for select states are available on Pre-AP Classroom under the respective courses and also on the course pages.

Solicit Community Support

  • Use Pre-AP outreach resources to plan effective and timely outreach activities for the entire school community. See the sample meeting resources in the Resource Library.

During the Academic Year

Make sure your College Board account preferences are set to receive Pre-AP Monthly Newsletters to stay up to date on program information.

Manage Digital Support

  • Prepare technology to support student access to Pre-AP Classroom and ensure technical and instructional support.
  • Provide support for students and teachers as students create their College Board Student accounts or reset access to previously created student accounts. See Pre-AP Classroom User Guide for Students.
  • Distribute College Board Student Account creation request forms to any students under the age of 13. Review Pre-AP Classroom Account Creation for Students Under 13 to complete all required steps by the deadline. Request assistance at [email protected].
  • Watch this video that walks you through accessing and using Pre-AP Classroom for a student account.
  • Check that students in Pre-AP courses are listed on the course rosters in Pre-AP Classroom.
  • Use Pre-AP Classroom reports to view teacher and student use of Pre-AP Classroom, administration, and results of assessments, as well as teacher completion of the Online Foundational Modules Series and Online Performance Task Scoring Modules.

Facilitate Instructional Support

  • Visit Pre-AP classrooms. Provide instructional support to teachers using the Shared Principles Instructional Practices.
  • Encourage teachers to plan together so they can select curricular resources aligned to the framework. Consider facilitating professional learning communities and/or cross-curricular, cross school, or cross-district meetings.
  • Explore resources in the Resource Library and the Pre-AP Leader Resources on Pre-AP Classroom to support your work.
  • Order additional Pre-AP course instructional materials for the spring if needed. For assistance with orders, contact Pre-AP at [email protected].

Support Assessment and Data Analysis

  • Read about Pre-AP Assessments to understand the Pre-AP learning checkpoints and performance tasks. Support teachers in the administration of the learning checkpoints, scoring of performance tasks, and the use of student performance data.

  • Ensure teachers administer the required 1 learning checkpoint per unit and all performance tasks.
  • Prepare for and administer the Pre-AP final exams (if applicable).
  • Facilitate discussions with teachers and leaders around instructional practices and assessment for learning. Use Best Practices for Using Assessment Data and the Shared Principles Instructional Practices in Pre-AP Leader Resources on Pre-AP Classroom for support.

Perform Community Outreach

  • Revisit Pre-AP outreach resources and sample meeting resources in the Resource Library to plan year-end activities. Consider hosting a meeting or “Pre-AP night” (in-person or virtually) to orient incoming students and parents to your program.

After the Academic Year

Prepare for Next Year’s Pre-AP

  • Elicit feedback on your Pre-AP courses to inform goals for the upcoming academic year. Consider a variety of methods that allow teachers, students, and parents to provide their input, including sending surveys or facilitating focus groups.

  • Place your order for Pre-AP courses and materials for the upcoming academic year.
  • Explore options for summer professional learning for new and experienced Pre-AP teachers and leaders.