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Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) The decision to take a Pre-AP course needs to be what is most appropriate for YOU as a student. Should I sign up for grade level or Pre-AP (AP=Advanced Placement) classes?. The following slides will provide some information to help you make a decision.

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Pre-AP(Advanced Placement)The decision to take a Pre-AP course needs to be what is most appropriate for YOU as a student.

should i sign up for grade level or pre ap ap advanced placement classes
Should I sign up for grade level or Pre-AP (AP=Advanced Placement) classes?
  • The following slides will provide some information to help you make a decision.
  • Speak to your teacher about your class choices. Your teacher will help you make a decision.
  • Talk to your counselor. Counselors are a great resource!
  • Your parents will help you make a decision too.
pre ap ap exam
Pre-AP AP Exam
  • Pre-AP classes are designed to give students rigorous academic experiences that will prepare them for AP classes. The AP classes are designed to prepare students for advanced academics (in high school and college) and for the AP exams.
why pre ap
Why Pre-AP?
  • If you have a high interest or strong skill set in a certain subject area, Pre-AP for that course content area may be a good choice!
  • Pre-AP courses in middle school prepare students for AP (Advanced Placement) classes in high school in all content areas:
      • Depth in writing expectations
      • Complexity in reading expectations
      • Depth and complexity in problem solving
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Why Pre-AP?
  • Research shows that students who do well in AP classes in high school are more successful in college.
  • AP courses in high school can earn you college credit (and save you significant money) if you do well on the AP exam at the end of the class.
ap courses and exams examples
AP Courses and Exams (Examples)
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Language
  • AP Literature
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Language
  • AP Spanish
  • AP Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP US History
  • AP Government
  • AP Economics
  • AP Statistics
  • AP World History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Chemistry
difference from grade level math
Difference from Grade Level Math
  • The pace is muchfaster since we are covering 6th grade and most of 7th grade TEKS.
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Difference from Grade Level Math
  • There is an expectation for deeper understanding and application of concepts.
  • Students taking Pre-AP Math in 7th grade take the 8th grade STAAR Test.
things to consider about pre ap math
Things to Consider about Pre-AP Math
  • Math STAAR scores – your math score from 4th grade was at or close to Level 3
  • 5th Grade Math Success – designed for students that quickly grasp new concepts and demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts
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Things to Consider about Pre-AP Math
  • Willingness to work hard – effort can be just as important as test scores
  • Commitment to Higher Learning – current 5th grade teacher would be a good resource for feedback about your students math motivation and ability.
pre ap mathematics path
Pre-AP Mathematics Path…
  • Pre-AP prepares students to be eligible for Algebra in 8th grade. Algebra counts on their high school transcript and will require taking the End Of Course Algebra Exam.*
    • *STAAR EOC requirements for graduation.
some things that are expected of pre ap students in ela
Some things that are expected of Pre-AP students in ELA
  • Pre-AP students have a summerreading book for ELA. A project aligned with the book will be due within the first month of school.
  • Pre-AP students read higher-level novels in ELA independently and analyze them using Advanced Placement strategies.
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Some things that are expected of Pre-AP students in ELA
  • Pre-AP students have writing expectations that align with the AP exam expectations.
    • Middle School Pre-AP students participate in essay writing assignments several times a year.
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Students in Pre-AP World Cultures will be expected to:

  • Write essays and short answer responses utilizing critical thinking, research, inferencing, and creativity.
  • Complete at-home reading assignments that include the textbook as well as other teacher supplied articles.
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Students in Pre-AP World Cultures will be expected to:

  • In PreAP and AP classes, a comprehension level of the content will usually be acquired outside of the classroom as the student reads from the textbook or other sources
  • In General Education classes, a comprehension level of the content will usually be acquired inside the classroom through reading, viewing,

and listening.

students in pre ap world cultures will be expected to
Students in Pre-AP World Cultures will be expected to:
  • Develop questioning strategies to guide their own learning.
  • Participate actively in discussions:
    • Small group
    • Pairs
    • Class
pre ap science versus science
Pre-AP Science versus Science
  • Pre-AP students are presented with the same concepts and objectives as regular Science, but Pre-AP students will study those concepts and objectives with more depth and complexity.
  • Pre-AP students must be able to work independently in and outside of the classroom on self-directed areas of study.
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Pre-AP Science versus Science
  • Pre-AP Science required Science Fair participation in 2013-2014. This may continue to be an expectation for next year.
things to consider
Things to consider…
  • Grades: Often times students feel challenged, are spending more time with their work and their grades are not as high as they are used to. How do you feel about this?
  • Time: Based on YOU, there may be times when you need to attend tutoring, ask for help, spend extra time studying, and you never had to before. How do you feel about this?
the decision to take a pre ap course needs to be what is most appropriate for you as a student

The decision to take a Pre-AP course needs to be what is most appropriate for YOUas a student.

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