Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP)

(in Spanish: Clase Pre-Avanzada de Colocacion)

What is Pre-Advanced Placement? Pre-AP classes are academically advanced courses designed to challenge motivated students to understand rigorous content. The coursework requires students to engage in rigorous curriculum, independent and analytical assignments, and to complete some preparation work outside of class.

What is the difference between Pre-AP class and On-Level class?The curricula for both types of courses are built on the core academic curriculum following the standards for grade level expectations in social studies, literacy, and science.  Students enrolling in Pre-AP classes should expect a faster class pace, more complex curriculum, in-depth classroom discussions, increased amounts of reading and class preparation, and overall greater academic expectations on assignments and time management.

The Pre-AP Math classes follow accelerated standards. Students in 6th grade Pre-AP Math will follow 6th grade and part of 7th grade standards. Students in 7th grade Pre-AP Math will follow the other part of 7th grade standards and all of 8th grade standards. Students in 8th grade Pre-AP Math will follow Algebra 1 standards and the course does reflect on high school transcripts.   

The Pre-AP Science classes will begin an accelerated path for 6th grade students in 2017-18.  This accelerated pathway in Pre-AP 6th  will have an Earth Science focus and will cover 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science standards. The 7th grade students will begin an accelerated path for Pre-AP Science beginning in 2018-19. 7th grade accelerated path will focus on Life Science and will cover 6th, 7th, and 8th grade standards.  In Pre-AP accelerated path 8th grade, these students would take 8th grade Physical Science which is a high school credit and will be reflected on the high school transcripts.  Students entering 7th or 8th grade in 2017-18 will continue in Pre-AP during middle school and take Pre-AP Physical Science in 9th grade.

Will my child have to take Pre-AP courses in Middle School in order to take Pre-AP/AP/Concurrent Credit courses in High School?  The Middle School Pre-AP curriculum is designed to prepare students for High School Pre-AP/AP/Concurrent Credit courses and is recommended, but it is not a requirement for high school advanced classes. Middle School students who have not experienced the academic rigor of a Pre-AP course in a specific content area may find it more difficult to be successful in the advanced courses at the high school level.  For students wanting to complete higher level math courses in high school, Pre-AP middle school math courses are recommended.  For students wanting to take more advanced level science courses in high school, Pre-AP middle school science is recommended.

Students considering Pre-Ap math are encouraged to begin in 6th grade in order to cover standards in a sequential manner.  Students considering Pre-Ap science in 6th grade but decide to get out of Pre-Ap in 7th grade, will miss some standards and may need remediation.  Students who choose not to take Pre-Ap in 6th but decide to take Pre-Ap in 7th grade will be able to make an easier transition.  

Why are there recommended criteria for Pre-AP courses?  The recommended criteria are designed to help parents and educators find the best placement for students to be successful. Students who meet the criteria are recommended to take the Pre-AP courses. Students who do not meet the criteria generally find Pre-AP classes too challenging and should consider taking the grade level education course and working towards meeting the recommended criteria for the following year in order to be successful.

Can students/parents choose Pre-AP courses even though students did not meet the recommended criteria?  Pre-AP courses have an open enrollment policy with the exception of honors/advanced classes where students are selected using specific eligibility requirements. Any student may enroll in any pre-ap classes with the understanding that he or she accepts the challenge and the rigor will be maintained at a higher level of academic expectations.  While these expectations can prove to be challenging for any student, students who do not meet the recommended criteria find these courses to be highly challenging and spend much more time preparing for classes, completing homework requirements and require additional tutoring.

Recommended Criteria for Pre-AP Courses  Recommendations for placement will be based on the most current state test scores, grades available, and teacher recommendations.  

For Literacy classes, students should have scored “Ready” or “Exceeding” on the ACT Aspire exam and have on-level (mid year) diagnostic scores in iReady.

For Mathematics classes, students should have scored “Ready” or “Exceeding” on the ACT Aspire exam and on level (mid year) diagnostic scores in iReady.  In addition to this, students wanting to take 8th grade Algebra 1 should have at least 85% on the Orleans-Hanna Algebra Readiness Exam administered through 7th grade Pre-AP Math classes.  Algebra 1 is reflected on high school transcripts and the grade earned is figured into the grade point average.

For Science classes, students should meet the recommended criteria for Literacy and Math.  Students should have also scored “Ready” or “Exceeding”  on the ACT Aspire Science exam.

GT Students:  In Middle School and High School, all Gifted and Talented Students should enroll in at least one Pre-AP or AP class.

Recommendation Letters will be sent home with students before Spring Conferences.  Please bring the letter to the Conference. If your child does not receive a letter, you may request Pre-AP forms at the conference.