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College Board to launch Pre-AP classes in 2018

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Replies to: College Board to launch Pre-AP classes in 2018

  • Gator88NEGator88NE Registered User Posts: 5,415 Senior Member
    edited September 13
    DD14 and DS17's High School had an Cambridge AICE program, however, in the 9th grade, all of the AICE kids take AP human geography. It seen as a good introduction too more rigorous classes (for all of the reasons listed by @toowonderful ).

    Both IB and AICE have started to roll out middle school programs (the state of Florida is experimenting with both). I'm sure the College Board thinks this is a "growth area".
  • evergreen5evergreen5 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    If anyone is hoping for honors, that's not what this is supposed to be, according to the quote in post 3.
    Is Pre-AP an honors program?
    No. Pre-AP is a program for all students.
    Pre-AP should serve as the baseline standard course for all students across the whole grade level.

    Still thinking this may be Coleman's second attempt at/expansion of Common Core standards.
  • VickiSoCalVickiSoCal Registered User Posts: 1,955 Senior Member
    IB has had a middle year program for 23 years. It's not something they just rolled out.
  • Gator88NEGator88NE Registered User Posts: 5,415 Senior Member
    It's been around for years, but the growth in IB programs has significantly increased over the last 10 to 15 years. Especially in public schools (IB programs first started in private schools). AICE is a more recent program.

    https://www.dcds.edu/uploaded/Buzz/December_2014/UnitedStatesCountryProfile.pdf
    Over the past five years, the total number of IB programmes in the US has doubled. The MYP and PYP have expanded exponentially since 2005, and the DP has also continued growing at a fast pace.

    However, my main point is that the College Board must see the growth of IB/AICE programs as something it wants to emulate. It's all about the $$$.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,034 Super Moderator
    IB has had a middle year program for 23 years. It's not something they just rolled out.
    So after already copying the idea of AP Capstone from IB, once again the College Board can't come up with an original concept on its own? :)
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,463 Senior Member
    ^:)
    BTW the MYP is very coherent, totally unlike the rollout of pre-AP above, and doesn't pretend it's "for everyone".
  • warbrainwarbrain Registered User Posts: 660 Member
    The IB website states this (http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/).
    The MYP is open to any student aged 11 to 16, at schools that have been authorized to implement the programme.

    The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,463 Senior Member
    edited September 17
    ^^ yes of course but then again, try to get your "average" (not "CC average" but C average) child into the MYP at a private or magnet school in the US.
    It's true all children could benefit from participation and in other countries the IB diploma program has various interations, including a vocational version, but in the US the IB program tends to be much more demanding than the average middle school program and is managed accordingly.
    For the record, I find the way the MYP builds subjects through years 1-3 then 4-5 excellent. It could be a good example to follow as a general curriculum, especially for Math and Individuals&Societies, but it'd have to be slower paced and less demanding for most students.
  • Jugulator20Jugulator20 Registered User Posts: 1,155 Senior Member
    IMO just an attempt by College Board to get parents and kids "hooked on" the AP mindset earlier.
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