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Preparing Every Student for College

Pre-AP is based on the following two important premises. The first is the expectation that all students can perform well at rigorous academic levels. This expectation should be reflected in curriculum and instruction throughout the school such that all students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level.

The second important premise of Pre-AP is the belief that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. Addressed effectively, the middle and high school years can provide a powerful opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning.

The College Board supports Pre-AP programs in schools and districts in the following ways: 

Pre-AP Professional Development
The College Board offers a suite of Pre-AP professional development resources and services designed to equip all middle and high school teachers with the strategies and tools they need to engage their students in active, high-level learning, thereby ensuring that every middle and high school student develops the skills, habits of mind, and concepts they need to succeed in college. Pre-AP Initiatives is a key component of the College Board's® K-12 Professional Development unit.

Since Pre-AP teacher professional development supports explicitly the goal of college as an option for every student, it is important to have a recognized standard for college-level academic work. The Advanced Placement Program provides these standards for Pre-AP. Pre-AP teacher professional development resources reflect topics, concepts, and skills found in AP courses.

Below are links to the Professional Development area of the College Board's web site for professionals. Each subject area includes descriptions of AP and Pre-AP workshops. To schedule a Pre-AP workshop, contact your district representative or email sromtgs@collegeboard.org for further assistance.

  Workshops & Summer Institutes, English
  Workshops & Summer Institutes, Fine Arts
  Workshops & Summer Institutes, Mathematics and Computer Science
  Workshops & Summer Institutes, Sciences
  Workshops & Summer Institutes, Social Sciences and History
  Workshops & Summer Institutes, World Languages
  Workshops & Summer Institutes, Interdisciplinary
  Workshops & Summer Institutes, K-12 Administrators

* See this area for Setting the Cornerstones and Instructional Leadership workshops.
You may also search for a Pre-AP workshop or summer institute near you with AP Central's Institutes & Workshops search.
Institutes & Workshops

SpringBoard® Pre-AP Program
SpringBoard is the College Board's official Pre-AP program in English language arts and mathematics for grades six - 12, and is based on the belief that every student deserves access to rigorous coursework that leads to success in AP and college. Written by teachers for teachers and aligned to the Common Core State Standards, SpringBoard integrates high-quality professional development for teachers and administrators with formative assessments and rigorous instructional materials to offer a complete college readiness solution.

Visit SpringBoard for details.

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