Pre-AP Belief Statements What is Pre-AP? Pre-AP is a suite of K-12 professional development resources and services. Pre-AP courses provide students with strategies and tools they need to engage in active, high-level learning to develop the skills, habits of mind, and concepts necessary to succeed in advanced placement courses and achieve college readiness. In Austin ISD, we believe:All students can perform at rigorous academic levels. This expectation should be reflected in curriculum and instruction throughout the school so that all students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills. All students should be encouraged to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum through enrollment in advanced level and AP courses. We can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. The middle and high school years provide a powerful opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in higher levels of learning. It is important to have recognized standards for college-preparatory and college-level academic work. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board College and Career Readiness Standards are integrated into the state Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The College Board has curricular requirements that must be met before an AP course is authorized. While every student is different and every teacher has unique strengths and a unique style, common expectations in terms of topics, concepts, and skills benefit all students.