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Pre-AP Program

What are Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses?
Pre-AP courses are on-grade level academically advanced courses designed to challenge motivated students to understand rigorous content. The coursework requires students to engage in independent and analytical assignments and to complete a substantial amount of work outside of class. Mater Lakes Academy Charter offers Pre-AP courses in English and social studies.
 
Pre-AP middle school courses are designed to prepare students for high school Pre-AP and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP courses are college-level courses taught in a high school setting. At the end of each AP course an AP Exam is given. Qualifying scores on the AP exams can enable students to receive college credit and/or advanced standing at a university or college.
 
What Pre-AP courses are available at Mater Lakes Academy Charter Middle?
English, Science and Social Studies
 
What provision will be in place for Pre-AP English, and social studies courses?
Heterogeneously grouped 8th grade classrooms will allow teachers to develop and implement a rigorous differentiated curriculum for all students. Classroom instruction will concentrate on developing essential foundational skills and concepts.
 
Are there entry criteria for enrolling in Pre-AP courses?
Students who experience success in Pre-AP courses typically exhibit the following personal and academic characteristics.
Personal Characteristics:
  • Reading on or above grade level
  • Strong study skills and self-motivation
  • Proficient oral and written communications skills 
  • Self-discipline to plan, organize, and carry out tasks to completion 
  • Interest and self-directedness in a particular subject
Academic Characteristics:
  • Successful completion of prerequisite coursework
  • Grade of 90 (A) or higher in an academic class 6-8th grade
  • Grade of 80 (B) or higher in a Pre-AP class
  • FCAT scores of 4’s or 5’s for entering 6th grade students
  • FCAT scores of 4’s for entering 7th – 8th grade students
  • Successful performance in related content area courses
  • Teacher recommendation
 
How many Pre-AP courses should a student take?
Students are encouraged to take Pre-AP courses that are appropriate to their interests and academic strengths. The number of Pre-AP courses also varies with students’ motivation, self-discipline, and available time outside of class. Students are not expected to enroll in Pre-AP courses in all core subject areas.
 
Must a student take Pre-AP courses in order to be prepared for college?
All academic courses at Mater Lakes Academy offer appropriate instruction to prepare students for college or university work. Many Mater Lakes Academy students without Pre-AP and AP coursework, successfully complete college educations.
 
What is the purpose of the contracts for Pre-AP courses?
The contracts describe general course expectations and the entrance and exit guidelines for Pre-AP courses. Signatures of parents and students on the contracts are verification that they are familiar with and agree to follow the standards and general expectations for Pre-AP courses.
 
What are the exit and probation guidelines for Pre-AP courses?
If a student has a class average below 80, he/she is placed on probation for a three-week period, during which time the grade must be brought back up to 80 or the student will be exited from the course. A student whose grade average remains below 80 in a Pre-AP class will benefit more from the academic class in that subject than from the Pre-AP class where the student is falling behind because of the pace or depth of the course content.