Pre-AP Class Information

PRE-AP Class Information

Students are encouraged to take challenging Advanced Academics courses, such as Pre- Advanced Placement courses and Advanced Placement courses later in high school. Teachers for these courses are trained in advanced methodology and curriculum. Advanced Academics courses are offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and other selected areas. Additional information regarding Advanced Academic courses may be obtained by consulting the College & Career Readiness website, found at http://www.nisdtx.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=232201&pageId=10298229 . Information regarding the district weighted grade point system may be obtained at: http://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Code/391?filter=EIC

Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP)

Academic courses that lead to Advanced Placement courses are referred to as Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses. Pre-AP courses can be taken in grades 6 – 12. Emphasis is given to the skills and strategies students need to succeed in AP courses in post-secondary education. 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.  Some classes require a summer reading assignment. 

What background is needed for students to succeed in the Pre-AP Program?

Students must be dedicated to complete a more rigorous course of study. The keys to success are maturity, motivation, self-discipline, and academic preparation. In the Pre-AP program, students are encouraged to ask good questions, to acquire deep understandings, to apply comprehensive analytical techniques, and to construct good written and verbal arguments.

Generally, it is recommended that students and parents consider the following criteria for enrollment in a Pre-AP course: 1. the grade the student received in that subject area during the preceding year (preferably an average of 85 or above); and 2. the score the student received on the state mandated testing. Both students and parents are encouraged to consult with teachers, counselors, and administrators if they need assistance or recommendations with class placement. 

What is the difference between Pre-AP class and On-Level class? 

The curricula for both types of courses are based on the core academic curriculum following the standards for grade level expectations in that subject.  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 Algebra 1 will follow Algebra 1 standards and the course does reflect on high school transcripts.   

Students considering Pre-AP math are encouraged to begin in 6th grade in order to cover standards in a sequential manner.  If students do not start Pre-AP math in 6th grade will not be able to start Pre-AP math in 7th or 8th grade without taking a Credit by Exam (CBA) test. 

Will my child have to take Pre-AP courses in Middle School in order to take Pre-AP/AP/Dual Credit courses in High School?  

The Middle School Pre-AP curriculum is designed to prepare students for High School Pre-AP/AP/Dual 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 courses in high school, Pre-AP middle school courses are recommended. 

The earlier students prepare for AP or college courses by taking the most rigorous classes available, the more likely will be their success. The keys to success are motivation, self-discipline, and academic preparation. 

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