Students Take On High Level Pre-AP Courses

RPA High School is now the first school in the state to offer a comprehensive Pre-AP program. Pre-AP courses require students to engage in higher-level thinking skills both independently and collaboratively and are designed to be accessible to all students. At the high school, these courses provide quality grade-level content and instruction with a focus on skills that students will need to succeed in AP courses, college, and careers.  

Pre-AP courses are also offered at RPA Middle School to 8th-grade students who are ready for an academic challenge with high school-level content.  Middle school Pre-AP course offerings are designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school and college courses later in their academic careers. Students enrolled in Pre-AP courses at the middle school may earn high school credit for these courses.

Back mapped from AP courses, Pre-AP courses share a common language and strategies that are continually reinforced across all content areas. Students enrolled in Pre-AP courses develop the skills needed to think critically to solve real-world problems. By offering Pre-AP courses at both campuses, RPA is providing a consistent curricular pathway that bridges content taught at both campuses thus providing a more seamless middle school to high school transition. 

Currently, RPA offers three Pre-AP courses at the middle school including Pre-AP English I, Pre-AP Algebra I, and Pre-AP Biology. At the high school, RPA is currently offering six  Pre-AP courses including Pre-AP English II, Pre-AP Algebra I and Algebra II, Pre-AP Biology, and Pre-AP World History and Geography with the plans for more courses to be offered in the future.  

Students enrolled in Pre-AP Biology just finished examining evidence from fossil records as well as geologic evidence while working through labs designed to model natural selection and the different driving factors of evolution. Students are currently exploring the cellular processes that drive all living organisms through the analysis of multiple texts, forms of media, and collaborative learning.

Pre-AP Biology students engage in a Mark-Recapture Lab. In the field, Mark-Recapture techniques allow ecologists to track the movement of and estimate the population size of a specific species.

Students enrolled in Pre-AP Algebra 1 are currently applying their knowledge of systems of equations to a project involving city planning. After spending some time looking at maps of existing cities across the United States, students were given a few landmarks and roads and then asked to add additional landmarks, roads, retailers, restaurants, and businesses to create their own unique city.  

Pre-AP Algebra 1 students examining maps of the existing cities of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Nashville to gain a better understanding of city plans before creating their own.

Students enrolled in Pre-AP English courses have been studying works by William Shakespeare. Students in Pre-AP English I have been looking at themes, character development, and language in the first scenes of “Macbeth”.  Students in Pre-AP English II have been reading, discussing, and watching film clips of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” to better understand satire and how to interpret tone in literary texts.  

Pre-AP English students doing a close read and discussing the play, “As You Like It”.

Students enrolled in Pre-AP History and Geography have been examining a variety of primary and secondary sources, maps, and data to examine the early roots of globalization including trade networks, colonization, and technological innovation and diffusion.

 

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