College Board Pre-AP
Preparing Every Student for College
Pre-AP is a suite of K-12 professional development resources and services. 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
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.
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.
The College Board does not, however, design, develop, or assess courses labeled "Pre-
AP." Courses labeled "Pre-AP" that inappropriately restrict access to AP and other
college-level work are inconsistent with the fundamental purpose of the Pre-AP
initiatives of the College Board.
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.
The website above provides links to Pre-AP workshops. To schedule a Pre-AP
workshop in your district, call your Solutions Manager for a consultation at 800-999-
Teacher’s Corner for Pre-AP
This area contains information and teaching tips for Pre-AP. Visit the Course Home
Pages for additional information about each AP course, the Teachers' Resources area
for reviews of teaching materials, and the Exam Questions pages for detailed
information about each exam.
AP Vertical Teams Guides
The purpose of the AP Vertical Teams Guides is to provide direction, models, and
training to Vertical Teams that will help team members organize a series of productive
activities, meetings, and workshops that lead to a comprehensive, coordinated program
in a given discipline. The concept of Vertical Teams incorporates the idea that the
offerings of the Advanced Placement Program should not be isolated courses, but
rather a planned program for teaching skills and concepts over several years. One
objective is to develop a continuum of skill building from one grade level to the next, and
therefore, AP Vertical Teams Guides are recommended for both AP teachers and
middle school teachers.
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Music Theory
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Science
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Social Studies
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Studio Art
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Fine Arts, Volumes 1 and 2 (set)
Advanced Placement Program Mathematics Vertical Teams Toolkit
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Mathematics
The AP Vertical Teams Guide for World Languages and Cultures