What Background Does my Student Need in Order to Succeed in AP & Pre-AP Courses?

  • Any Little Elm ISD student may enroll in a Pre-AP and/or AP course. Instruction, materials, and assessment in these classes typically focus on developing skills in analyzing content, drawing comparisons, and problem reasoning. Students will also participate in critical reading instruction and develop the skill to an independent level. Writing instruction in Pre-AP/AP classes will assist students in the abilities to prepare clear, concise essays. All of these skills are transferable to higher education and study beyond high school, and are usually considered college-level skills. Students who are motivated and willing to exercise self-disciplined study to become advanced in a subject area are encouraged to enroll in Pre-AP/AP classes, as they are an excellent forum for academic preparation and advanced study.

What are the advantages of my child taking a Pre-AP/AP course?

  • The main advantage of taking an AP course is better preparation for college. It has been shown that students master in-depth content at the college level more easily after completing AP courses in high school. Students also acquire sophisticated academic skills and increased self-confidence in preparation for college. 


    Students who take AP courses in Little Elm ISD receive weighted grade points in the AP course. 


    Students who succeed on AP exams may receive college credit while still in high school, saving both time and money. Some parents have saved the equivalent of a full year of college and total living expenses for their student. 

    Finally, scoring well on an AP exam can fulfill the requirements of the Texas Distinguished Academic Program (DAP).


    What is the Texas Distinguished Academic Program (DAP) For students entering ninth grade in 2013-14 and prior?

    The Texas Distinguished Academic Program (DAP) is the advanced high school program for Texas students.  The program is based on students completing the 26-credit recommended Little Elm ISD high school program.  In addition to those credits, students must complete advanced measures at the college or professional level that are assessed by outside evaluators.  In order to achieve this distinguished recognition, students must complete any combination of four advanced measures listed below: 

    Earn a score of 3 or above on a College Board AP exam (Each exam score counts as one measure);

    A core on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition as a Commended Scholar or higher;

    A grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit;

    Complete original project or research judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project or an appropriate audience (no more than 2 research projects can count toward the advanced measures).


    AND Freshmen entering in 2011-12 school year must also score Advanced High on the STAAR EOC tests in Algebra II and English III.

How is College Credit Earned?

  • Credit is awarded by universities and colleges based on performances on the AP exams administered every year in May.  Scores range from No Recommendation (score of 1) to Extremely Qualified (score of 5).  Each college determines the scores to be accepted for credit, but most consider a score of at least three (3) as qualifying.  Colleges may award three, and sometimes six, hours of credit per test.  Students should contact individual colleges to find out about their policies.

How Much Does it Cost to Take the Qualifying Exam?

  • Currently, students pay $89 for each AP test they choose to take.  Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch receive additional funding from the College Board and the State and will pay $25 for each AP test they choose to take.