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 an above average amount of 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, more in-depth classroom discussion, increased amounts of reading and class preparation, and overall greater academic expectations on assignments and on time management.
The Pre-AP Math classes follow accelerated standards. Students in 6th grade in Pre-AP Math will follow 6th grade a 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 8th grade/ Algebra 1 standards in 2016-17 and the course does reflect on high school transcripts.
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.
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 general 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 scores, grades available, and teacher recommendations.
For Literacy Classes, middle school students should have scored at least a 4 or 5 on the PARCC exam and on level (mid year) diagnostic scores in iReady.
For Mathematics Classes, middle school students should have scored at least a 4 or 5 on the PARCC 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.
GT Students: In Middle School and High School, all Gifted and Talented Students should enroll in at least one Pre-AP or AP class.