AP Frequently Asked Questions
Why should a student enroll in Pre-AP?
Enrolling in Pre-AP is based on the belief that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of
skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. Pre-AP strategies and tools engage the students in active, high-level learning, thereby ensuring that every middle and high school student develops the skills, habits of mind, and concepts they need to succeed in college.
Who can be in a Pre-AP class?
Any student with the guidance of a parent, teacher and counselor can enter a Pre-AP course. Students are able to enroll in Pre AP with
the understanding that the courses will contain rigor and high expectations. It is encouraged that families review the “indicator of success checklist” when making decisions regarding Pre-AP enrollment.
What if a student is struggling in a Pre-AP class?
If at any time the student’s performance is 69% or below for more than three consecutive weeks, the teachers will conference with the
student and his parents to develop a plan for academic improvement.
How does Pre-AP differ from AP?
Pre-AP courses are embedded with strategies that specifically target middle and junior high school students providing knowledge, concepts,
and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning that prepares them for the rigor of college level work. These classes prepare a student for the
rigorous coursework of AP. The AP program offers college level instruction to the academically successful student while in high school with the option of
taking the advanced placement examination to possibly qualify for college credit.
Who chooses a student’s courses for Pre-AP?
The decision about placement ultimately rests with the student and their parent. The school provides powerful input through teacher
recommendation, counselor input and communication regarding the challenges of the Pre-AP curriculum and information about indicators of student success. It is strongly suggested that parents and students review the Conway Pre-AP Indicators of Student Success and the Making Wise Choices Checklist before enrolling in Pre-AP or AP courses.
How does Pre-AP affect AP?
Since Pre-AP teacher’s professional development explicitly supports the goal of college as an option for every student, it is important to
have a recognized standard for college-level academic work. Pre-AP is a strategic method used in classrooms, by teachers who are highly trained to help
all students reach their potential. It will enhance the desire of those students who wish to pursue a more rigorous course of study in AP courses.
Are there any pre-requisites for Pre-AP classes?
Pre-AP courses are open enrollment, but student, parent, and counselor input is imperative. Reviewing the Conway Schools Pre-AP Indicators
of Student Success is strongly recommended
Will a student have time for after school activities if enrolled in Pre-AP courses?
As in any coursework where there will be additional challenges, students who choose to enroll should be prepared for the added academic rigor
of the course. Reviewing the Making Wise Choices Checklist will assist in questions regarding the scheduling and the number of enrolled Pre-AP courses.
What does open-enrollment mean?
Open enrollment refers to courses open to any student who wishes to take on the additional challenge of this rigorous curriculum having
met certain preliminary criteria. This statement is based on the profound hope that all students can perform at rigorous academic levels. The second premise upon which Pre-AP is based is the belief that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible.