Advanced and Accelerated Courses in Middle and High Schools
Academic Pathways to Postsecondary Readiness
PfISD offers Advanced and Accelerated courses classes in middle school and high school. Traditionally these courses have been titled Pre-AP; however, College Board no longer allows school districts to title courses with this designation unless districts use the College Board standardized curriculum and courses. By designing our own curriculum, PFISD is able to offer more Advanced and Accelerated courses in our middle and high schools than College Board currently offers. Using our curriculum with teachers trained in deliverying instructional supports designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and/or OnRamps classes, we provide advanced coursework and instruction to all of our learners who have the desire to accept the challenge.
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Advanced and Accelerated Course Guidance
Students who complete Advanced Academic courses are:
• Better prepared academically.
• More likely to specialize in more challenging majors.
• Likely to complete more college coursework in four years.
• Likely to perform significantly better in college than students who did not take AP courses.
• More likely to exercise leadership.
• More likely to graduate with a double major.
• Twice as likely to go into advanced study (Ph.D. Programs, medicine, and law).
• Have college admission advantages
-Willingham & Morris, 1986; University of Texas, 1988