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Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) Program

Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) classes are courses are designed to prepare students for college level AP classes that are typically taught in 11th and 12th grade. Grand Prairie ISD offers Pre-AP courses in language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics beginning in 6th grade.

The Pre-AP curricula for these courses are built on the core academic curriculum, developed with a concentration on building student capacity to understand rigorous content, and aligned with Advanced Placement course descriptions generated by the College Board.  

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program that allows high school students to engage in rigorous college level course content and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Grand Prairie ISD offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English, social studies, computer science, mathematics, science, music theory, and art. Students are given the opportunity to show mastery in these college-level courses by taking the Advanced Placement examination in May of each year.

AP courses are open to all students with the prerequisite coursework who wish to take on the additional challenge of advanced academics.  As a result, AP students are expected to work at an accelerated pace and to engage in outside reading and independent learning with the support of a College Board authorized instructor.

Scores on the AP exam range from 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely qualified). Each college or university determines the scores to be accepted for credit, but most consider a score of at least 3. Colleges may award three to six college credit hours for each passing AP score.