Pre-AP is a program for students who are highly motivated, developing college-bound behavior, and capable of performing at an academic level above their grade placement. At this level, students move at a faster pace in a more academically challenging environment to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. These courses provide students with opportunities to develop a strong foundation by exploring a subject in greater depth and developing skills, habits of mind, and concepts needed to succeed in college preparatory coursework.
Pre-AP courses prepare students for the Pre-AP and Advanced Placement (AP) courses they have the opportunity to take in high school and are offered in the four core subject areas. Pre-AP students can expect more independent learning and more homework than a regular class. Students and parents are required to sign and abide for the Grand Prairie ISD Pre-AP/AP contract.
Students may express an interest in taking a Pre-AP course by obtaining a Pre-AP Request form from the Advanced Academics Specialist or the counselors' office. Prior grades, achievement test scores, and TAKS or STAAR scores are evaluated by the Advanced Academics Specialist when a student is considering enrollment into a Pre-AP course.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are part of a program begun by The College Board, a not for profit association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. High schools across the United States work with The College Board to offer these advanced courses. Through AP courses, students ...
- take college level coursework in high school
- study subjects in depth
- explore the world from multiple perspectives
- develop study habits for tackling rigorous work
- focus on deeper reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving
- show universities they were willing to take on the demands of an AP course and they are ready for colleges
Through AP exams, students earn college credit with a passing score on an AP exam. Each college and university establishes accepted scores on specific exams for college credit. When looking at college choice and planning for AP classes in high school, this is important information. The Advanced Academics Specialist can show you how to locate this information.