Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement Information
Preparing Every Student for College
Pre-AP is based on the following two important premises. The first is the expectation that all students can perform well 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.
AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. AP courses can help students acquire the skills and habits they will need to be successful in college. Students in AP courses will improve their writing skills, sharpen their problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures; instead, students engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.
Enrollment Criteria for Pre-AP and AP Classes
Level III scores on STAAR will be used to place incoming 6th graders or students not currently in a Pre-AP course. Level III scores in reading will be used to place students in Pre-AP ELA and Pre-AP Social Studies. Level III scores in math will be used to place students in Pre-AP math. Level III scores in reading and math will be used to place students in Pre-AP science.
Please be aware that GPISD abides by the open enrollment policy. However, in order to be eligible to open enroll in a Pre-AP or AP course, a student must pass STAAR. A student may enroll in a Pre-AP or AP course with a parent request as long as he/she has passed STAAR and STAAR EOC, and has earned a passing grade in the previous course.
Students with an 80 or above average at the end of the 3rd nine weeks grading period who are currently in a Pre-AP course will automatically be placed in the next Pre-AP course of that subject (the grade is an average of the three nine weeks).
A student and his/her parent may request removal from a Pre-AP/AP class between the 7th and 8th week of the school year as long as: the student does not have any zeroes, the student attended tutorials, the teacher has made direct parent contact, and the teacher agrees that the student is struggling.
Late Work Policy:
Any assignment that is not turned in on the due date will be assessed a 10-point penalty, per day, for up to five days. After that time, any assignment may be turned in prior to the last week of the marking period for a maximum grade of 50%.
Pre-AP Middle School grading categories are 50% major and 50% daily.
Pre-AP High School grading categories are 60% major and 40% daily.
AP High School grading categories are 70% major and 30% daily.
Homework assignments cannot account for more than 10% of the daily category.