Dear Stingray Parents and Students,

Pre-AP implementation at Storm Grove Middle School through College Board (apcentral.collegeboard.com) provides rigorous academic experiences offered within three of the four core academic areas including science, social studies, and language arts. The goal of our Pre-AP coursework is to prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. Students who move onto high school with Pre-AP experience from Storm Grove Middle School are equally prepared for high academic challenges at both Vero Beach H.S., and Sebastian River H.S.

At VBHS, these students generally continue with Pre-AP and AP coursework in the 9th grade and then have a multitude of AP courses to choose from in the 10th through 12th grade years. At SRHS, all students who experienced success in our Pre-AP classes as well as those from MYP/IB programs at other schools are all placed together into classes at SRHS. These classes are designated as “Pre IB/AP” courses according to SRHS scheduling. Students will continue with this line of higher learning coursework through their freshman and sophomore years at SRHS. Before beginning their junior year, these same students will work with their guidance counselor and family to determine if they wish to pursue the IB Diploma Program, which is obtained in the last 2 years of high school, or seek individual IB and AP certificate courses suited to their strong areas.

Provided below is background information on this rigorous academic opportunity as well as some answers to frequently asked questions for you to review with your student.


College Board: Preparing Every Student for College

The purpose of the Pre-AP Initiative is 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. Conceptually, Pre-AP is based on the following two important premises. The first is the expectation that all students can perform 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. As in all its programs, the College Board is deeply committed to equitable access to rigorous academic experiences. We applaud the efforts of our many colleagues making that happen in so many different ways in classrooms around the world.

For more information go to: apcentral.collegeboard.com


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should a student enroll in Pre-AP?

Enrolling in Pre-AP is based on 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. Pre-AP strategies and tools engage the 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.

Who can be in a Pre-AP class?

Placement in Pre AP courses will be based upon the same district criteria as is used for advanced course placement in reading and math. Any student with the guidance of a parent, teacher and counselor can enter a Pre-AP course. Students are able to enroll in Pre AP with the understanding that the courses will contain rigor and high expectations.

What if a student is struggling in a Pre-AP class?

A student may choose to exit Pre-AP only during the first six-weeks grading period or at the end of the first semester after conferencing with a committee made up of the student’s parent, teacher and counselor. Students should have the benefit of knowing the six-weeks or semester grade before making an exit decision. Course placement for students whose average falls below a C for a six weeks grading period will be evaluated through communication which may include: student, parent, teacher, counselor, and administrator.

How does Pre-AP differ from AP?

Pre-AP courses are embedded with strategies that specifically target middle and high school students providing knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning that prepares them for the rigor of college level work. These classes prepare a student for the rigorous coursework of AP. The AP program offers college level instruction to the academically successful student while in high school with the option of taking the advanced placement examination to possibly qualify for college credit.

Who chooses a student’s courses for Pre-AP?

Once a student fulfills the academic criteria for Pre-AP placement, the decision about placement ultimately rests with the student and their parent. The school can provide powerful input through teacher recommendation, counselor input and communication regarding the challenges of the Pre-AP curriculum and information about indicators of student success.

How does Pre-AP affect AP and IB?

Since Pre-AP teacher’s professional development explicitly supports the goal of college as an option for every student, it is important to have a recognized standard for college-level academic work. Pre-AP is a strategic method used in classrooms, by teachers who are highly trained to help all students reach their potential. It will enhance the desire of those students who wish to pursue a more rigorous course of study in AP courses.

What if a student fails a Pre-AP class?

If at any time the student’s performance is not satisfactory, the teacher will conference with the student and his parents to develop a plan for improvement.

Are there any pre-requisites for Pre-AP classes?

Pre-AP courses are open enrollment, but student, parent, and counselor input is imperative.

Will a student have time for after school activities if enrolled in Pre-AP courses?

As in any coursework where there will be additional challenges, students who choose to enroll should be prepared for the added academic rigor of the course.

What does open-enrollment mean?

Open enrollment refers to courses open to any student who wishes to take on the additional challenge of this rigorous curriculum having met certain preliminary criteria. This statement is based on the profound hope that all students can perform at rigorous academic levels. The second premise upon which Pre-AP is based 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.