The number and quality of advanced courses a student takes is more significant than GPA or class rank for predicting college success.So what does that mean to a person making decisions about middle school?
Pre-AP ProgramThe Pre-AP program is designed to build students' capacities to be successful in advanced academic courses, in particular, AP courses. The Pre-AP program emphasizes the development of skills that are necessary to learn in rigorous settings (college prep).Pre-AP Course Offerings
- Course leveling begins in middle school. Students and parents have choices in their level of rigor in some academic subjects.
- Middle school courses build the foundation for advanced course in high school.
Grade 6Grade 7 Grade 8Pre-AP EnglishPre-AP English Pre-AP EnglishPre-AP Science Pre-AP MathPre-AP Social Studies Pre-AP Science Pre-AP Social Studies Pre-AP SpanishAre there any special qualifications for taking a Pre-AP course?No. Pre-Ap courses are open enrollment. We do recommend that students and parents make informed decisions about engaging in advanced academic courses.Can my student make a schedule change if he/she determined that a Pre-AP course is too difficult?Schedule changes are at the discretion of the school, and they are kept to a minimum. Some circumstances may warrant a schedule change, but students are encouraged to work with their teachers for success in the Pre-AP program.Do advance classes have more homework than standard courses?Pre-Ap classes may have more homework than standard courses. They typically require more reading, more writing, and more independent practice with the goal of developing advanced skills in those courses.How might taking advanced academic courses affect my student's grades?Advance courses may have an effect on GPA because the standards of excellence are set very high in these courses. However, remember that participation in advanced courses has been a better preditor of future success than GPA. We encourage parents to focus on what students are learning rather than the occasional B or C grades they may encounter in the journey.