Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP)

What is Pre-Advanced Placement? 

Pre-AP classes are academically advanced courses designed to challenge motivated students to understand rigorous content. The coursework requires students to engage in rigorous curriculum, independent and analytical assignments, and to complete some preparation work outside of class.

What is the difference between Pre-AP class and On-Level class?

The curricula for both types of courses are built on the core academic curriculum following the standards for grade level expectations in social studies, literacy, and science. Students enrolling in Pre-AP classes should expect a faster class pace, more complex curriculum, in-depth classroom discussions, increased amounts of reading and class preparation, and overall greater academic expectations on assignments and time management.

Which Pre-AP Courses are offered and who teachers them at MJHS?

7th Grade:

Language- Kelly Phillips & Brittany Adrews-Jewel
Math- Chance Brown
Science- Lentisha Brown
Social Studies- Kim Ezell & Tim Ginn

8th Grade:

Language- Chelsea Goodman
Algebra I -  Dana Barlow
Science- Jenni Martin
Social Studies-  Johnny Washington

9th Grade:

Language- Lauren McCracken
Geometry- Dana Jones
Physical Science- Matt Johengen
Civics/Economics- Mark Barnes

Will my child have to take Pre-AP courses in Junior High School in order to take Pre-AP/AP/Concurrent Credit courses in High School? 

The Junior High School Pre-AP curriculum is designed to prepare students for High School Pre-AP/AP/Concurrent Credit courses and is recommended, but it is not a requirement for high school advanced classes. Junior High School students who have not experienced the academic rigor of a Pre-AP course in a specific content area may find it more difficult to be successful in the advanced courses at the high school level. For students wanting to complete higher level math courses in high school, Pre-AP junior high school math courses are recommended. For students wanting to take more advanced level science courses in high school, Pre-AP junior high school science is recommended.

Students considering Pre-Ap math are encouraged to begin in 7th grade in order to cover standards in a sequential manner. Students considering Pre-Ap science in 7th grade but decide to get out of Pre-Ap in 8th grade, will miss some standards and may need remediation. Students who choose not to take Pre-Ap in 7th but decide to take Pre-Ap in 8th grade will be able to make an easier transition.

Why are there recommended criteria for Pre-AP courses?

 The recommended criteria are designed to help parents and educators find the best placement for students to be successful. Students who meet the criteria are recommended to take the Pre-AP courses. Students who do not meet the criteria generally find Pre-AP classes too challenging and should consider taking the grade level education course and working towards meeting the recommended criteria for the following year in order to be successful.

Can students/parents choose Pre-AP courses even though students did not meet the recommended criteria? 

Pre-AP courses have an open enrollment policy.  Any student may enroll in any pre-ap classes with the understanding that he or she accepts the challenge and the rigor will be maintained at a higher level of academic expectations. While these expectations can prove to be challenging for any student, students who do not meet the recommended criteria find these courses to be highly challenging and spend much more time preparing for classes, completing homework requirements and require additional tutoring.

Recommended Criteria for Pre-AP Courses 

Recommendations for placement will be based on the most current state test scores, grades available, and teacher recommendations.

For Literacy classes, students should have scored “Ready” or “Exceeding” on the ACT Aspire exam.

For Mathematics classes, students should have scored “Ready” or “Exceeding” on the ACT Aspire exam. 

For Science classes, students should meet the recommended criteria for Literacy and Math. Students should have also scored “Ready” or “Exceeding” on the ACT Aspire Science exam.

GT Students

In Junior High School and High School, all Gifted and Talented Students should enroll in at least one Pre-AP or AP class.