Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Division of Elementary and Secondary
Education (DESE), in partnership with College Board, is pleased to announce a state-supported opportunity for
Arkansas schools and learners to participate in College Board’s new Pre-AP
Program. There are many benefits to offering Pre-AP courses in all Arkansas
schools for educators, school leaders, students, and families. Pre-AP, under a
state-supported contract, ensures access to high-school level Pre-AP courses
for all students and enables teachers to accelerate student learning and
counter learning loss.
schools onboard, they are affirming their commitment to provide
learners with educational courses that are easily accessible and prepare
them for advanced coursework. More importantly, Pre-AP courses no
matter the subject, challenge learners to build, strengthen, and
reinforce their content knowledge and critical thinking skills. Building these
skills will help learners succeed at high levels in high school and
College Board’s Pre-AP
courses provide a focused framework with model lessons and resources for 28 of the
36 weeks of instruction in a given school year. Additional mapping of essential
instruction for the remaining eight (8) weeks will be provided by DESE content
area specialists to ensure all Arkansas Academic Standards are taught within
the academic school year.
Among many benefits,
learners participating in Pre-AP will be better prepared for
- success in Advanced Placement,
- concurrent credit courses,
- opportunities for acceleration, and
- other advanced coursework.
educators will be provided with
- access to a national standard of academic excellence
providing a framework for rigorous instruction and
- professional learning for teachers and
The state-supported Pre-AP program
equitable access by removing financial barriers,
- bolsters graduation pathways, and
- establishes a consistent Pre-AP experience for all
To be part of the
state-supported contract, schools must register with The Division of Elementary
and Secondary Education (DESE).
Registration is a
commitment to the following:
- Offer official College
Board Pre-AP courses for high school credit.
- Pre-AP courses
provide a focused framework for grade-level courses offered under the
- At a
minimum, participating schools must offer Pre-AP Algebra 1
and Pre-AP English 1 for all learners starting in grade 9.
- Since the new Pre-AP courses
are grade level courses, the school will offer Pre-AP Algebra 1 and
Pre-AP English 1 in lieu of the regular section to all learners.
- If the New Pre-AP course is
offered prior to 9th grade, it would not be grade-level and
can be offered to students based on readiness for the content.
- Under the
state-supported contract, there are additional Pre-AP courses
available through College Board. Schools will decide whether to
offer additional courses beyond the required Pre-AP Algebra 1 and Pre-AP
- Ensure Pre-AP teachers and
leaders complete College Board required professional learning. The initial
training required is provided through College Board under the
state-supported contract. This training will meet the Arkansas training
requirement for Pre-AP teachers for initial and renewal training, in
accordance with Grading and Course Credit Rules.
Register your school today to
participate in this state-supported opportunity. Through this effort,
Arkansas students will not only be ready for success in Advanced Placement,
other higher-level coursework, and college, but they will also be ready for
success in life.
Utilize the Arkansas Pre-AP Toolkit to learn more about the new
state-supported Pre-AP Program. Take advantage of the communication
tools and share information with your educators, learners, and
information, contact Krystal Nail in the Office of Gifted &
Talented and Advanced Placement.