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 think at higher levels. Watson offers Pre-AP courses in English, math, science, 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 high school 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.

Pre-AP FAQ's

What Pre-AP courses are available at Watson for the current school year?

6th grade:

Pre-AP Pre-Algebra
Pre-AP Literacy

7th grade:

Pre-AP Advanced Math
Pre-AP Language Arts
Pre-AP Science

8th grade:

Pre-AP College Prep. Algebra
Pre-AP Language Arts
Pre-AP Science

7th and 8th grade students can also take Advanced Band, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Choir. In order to take advanced music classes your student should have taken music classes prior to entering those classes. A music assessment may also be utilized to determine appropriate placement.

Are there entry criteria for enrolling in Pre-AP courses?

Watson offers open enrollment for Pre-AP courses. Our AVID program also strongly encourages students to challenge themselves by taking one Pre-AP course. 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 (Higher level classes in previous years)
  • Grade of 90 or higher in an academic class
  • Grade of 80 or higher in a Pre-AP class
  • Report card scores of A’s or B’s for entering 6th grade students
  • Successful performance in related content area courses (Example: math and science or English
  • and social studies)
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Scores at the advanced performance on STAR test closely related to the Pre-AP course being considered

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 Watson offer appropriate instruction to prepare students for college or university work. Many Watson students without Pre-AP and AP coursework, successfully complete college educations.
Additional information on the Pre-AP program is available from the counselors and administrators.