Expectations in AP / Pre-AP Classes
I am looking forward to a great year! This class can be challenging but exciting and fun. The goal of Pre-AP World History
is to prepare the student for the AP US History class/exam. Expectations of the students are high but our goal is to work with the
students to help prepare them for the rigors of an AP class and college level classes.
To help your child be successful in Pre-AP World History- communication is the key. If you have ANY questions or
concerns about your child’s performance in class please feel free to contact me right away. E-mail is the best way to contact me, I will
either follow up by responding to your concerns via e-mail or by phone (please include a phone number where I can contact you)
within 24 hours.
Below is information that I believe is important for you and your child to think about as a participant in the AP Program. It
was compiled by the AP/GT Coordinator for Katy ISD. You can find more information about the AP Programs on the Katy ISD
website under Curriculum. Our goal at Taylor High School is academic success and we want your child to be challenged daily and
successful in the classes they take while they are at Taylor High School.
1). Periodically I will be sending out mass emails to parents, and if you would like to be included
on this distribution list please following these steps:
1. Email me at RebeccaLFarnham@katyisd.org
2. In the SUBJECT Box- please put your child’s name and class period.
3. I will add you to my distribution list. Please look out for an email after Labor Day. If you do not receive an email from me
by September 12th- please send me another email
1). I have a school web page which you can access off the THS Webpage: www.taylorhs.org
-click on Teacher Web
-click on Social Studies
-click on Rebecca Farnham
2). What will you find once you get there??
1. Classroom Procedures and Expectations
2. Documents-copies of worksheets (if they are on my computer), review sheets, etc.
3. Calendar of dates of important events
4. Links to great websites that will help your student!!
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Pre-AP World History
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Taylor High School offers Advanced Placement courses to high school students who are ready to engage in college level course
content and rigorous academics. The AP Program offers college level instruction to the academically successful high school student
with the option of taking an Advanced Placement examination and possibly qualifying for college credit. AP students are expected to
work at an accelerated pace and to engage in outside reading and independent learning.
AP courses are open to all students with the prerequisite coursework who wish to take on the additional challenge of advanced
academics. Students who choose to enroll, however, should be prepared for the increased academic rigor of these courses. AP and
AP/GT courses concentrate on providing students with rigorous college level academic instruction while preparing students for the AP
exam associated with the course.
Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP)
The Pre-AP curricula for these courses are
built on the core academic curriculum
aligned with AP course descriptions generated by College Board
coordinated with the work of district AP Vertical Teams
developed with a concentration on building student capacity to understand rigorous content
Pre-AP Instruction includes
a variety of assessment formats (tests, quizzes, writings, projects, etc)
periodic timed assessments (readings, writings, tests, quizzes)
student accountability for independent reading (expected to create own notes)
the use of a variety of resources beyond the text (primary readings)
Profile of a Successful Pre-AP/AP Student
Successfully completes prerequisite coursework
Demonstrates successful performance in related content area course
Scores at the 85th percentile or above on the most recent standardized achievement test or
other district identified testing measure
Receives a teacher recommendation
Professes interest in subject selected
Demonstrates excellent study skills and habits
Carefully considers time commitments
Asks questions and participates in class
Perseveres when faced with challenging material
Asks for assistance when needed
Plans and works ahead on long term projects
Exiting an AP Class
A student may choose to exit Pre-AP or AP courses only during the first six weeks grading period or at the end of the first
semester (regardless of student performance) and must have teacher and parent approval.
Students should consider exiting a course at the end of the first semester if they do not maintain at least a C average for the semester.
Course placement for students whose average falls below a C for a semester will be evaluated through communication which
may include: the student, teacher, counselor, parent/guardian, and/or administrator. Placement decisions resulting from this
communication require parent and administrator approval.
Students who earn an F will be removed from the class at the end of a 6 week grading period unless otherwise recommended
by the teacher and administrator.
Making Wise Choices
When making a decision about how many of these classes to take, consider the following:
Are you a self-motivated, organized, independent worker?
Do you need and/or have support with your organizational skills and/or studies on a daily basis?
Are you involved in many activities? Is your interest in this course of study sufficient to ensure that you will find
adequate time to complete the extra work required outside of class without having to give up the things you enjoy?
How much sleep per night do you require in order to feel rested and be productive the following day?
How well do you handle the rigors of a demanding academic workload? Are you realistic about your performance
expectations for yourself?
Advanced Placement (Pre-AP/AP) Social Studies Classes:
9th- Pre-AP World Geography
10th- Pre-AP World History, AP World History
11th- AP US History
12th- AP Economics, AP Government & AP European History
The Pre-AP classes at THS help prepare students for the rigor and demands of an AP class. The AP Classes prepare students for the
AP Test which is offered every May. If a student does well on the AP Test (earning 3, 4 or 5) students may be able to receive college
credit (depending on the college they attend). The Pre-AP classes prepare your students with skills that will help them be successful
in the AP level classes AND in college!
Pre-AP World History vs. AP World History:
Pre-AP World History- there is not a Pre-AP World History test for college credit, there is a AP World History test. There is a
difference between the two classes curriculum. Pre-AP World History in Katy ISD tends to be geared towards a European point of
view. We will study the cultures of India, China, Africa and South America, but not in as much detail as you would find in AP World
History. AP World History is offered for the first time at THS this year. AP World History will prepare the students to take the AP
World History exam in May. Pre-AP will NOT prepare students for this exam, however it will prepare student for AP US History
which they will take their junior year.
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Student Name ________________________________________ Class Period: _______________
I _________________________. Parent of __________________________________ have read the
expectations for Pre-AP World History and understand the rigors of the class.
Parent Signature ______________________________________________ Date ________________
Student Signature _____________________________________________ Date ________________