Pre-AP Shared Principles Close Observation and Analysis: As students encounter texts, art, graphs, maps, problems, and other source materials, they will learn to first engage in deep, close observation before being asked to explain and then apply or evaluate.  Evidence-Based Writing: Students craft claims in science, analyze sources in history, provide explanations to problems in math, demonstrate reading comprehension in ELA, and critique artistic choices in the arts. They begin with a focus on the sentence before progressing to paragraph- and essay-level writing.  Higher-Order Questioning: Students are encouraged to grapple with questions that spark curiosity and promote productive critical thinking skills so they can succeed on unfamiliar, new tasks.  Academic Conversation: Students must be engaged, active participants in their learning. Pre-AP offers frequent opportunities for students to compare, critique, debate, and build upon others’ ideas.

“Pre-AP courses are designed to support all students across varying levels of abilities. They are not honors or advanced courses. The Program components provide students and educators the space and time for deep engagement with content.

Participating schools receive an official Pre-AP designation for each course and the opportunity to bring engaging, meaningful, foundational coursework to all their students across varying levels of abilities. This designation signals consistent, high standards in focused courses that help build, strengthen, and reinforce students’ content knowledge and critical thinking skills."

Pre-AP at Red Mountain

Red Mountain offers Pre-AP courses in:

  • Biology
  • Freshmen & Sophomore English
  • Chemistry
  • World History

Pre-AP Objectives

"Offer every student access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in high school and beyond.


Provide educators with engaging, targeted course materials that help them ensure their students successfully master grade-level materials.”