NISD to Change Pre-AP Course Names
Northwest ISD to Change Pre-AP Course Names
Posted on 06/09/2021
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Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, Northwest ISD will be changing the name of all Pre-advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses to Honors. This change will not affect the quality of the curriculum or the instruction provided by our teachers. The courses will continue to prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit, and OnRamps courses.

College Board now has its own Pre-AP program, which prohibits districts from using the name Pre-AP in their course descriptions. To use the name, NISD would need to purchase the Pre-AP program for each secondary school. This requirement would cost the district approximately $6,000 to $8,000 per campus each year. We know that our teachers are experts in their content area, and they do a phenomenal job on a daily basis. We are confident that we can successfully maintain the integrity of our programs in a fiscally responsible manner without purchasing the College Board’s program.

We recognize that this change may cause some confusion between Honors and Advanced Placement courses. The difference between these two types of courses is that upon completion of an Advanced Placement (AP) class, students can take a placement test to determine college credit eligibility. Honors courses, like their predecessors, Pre-AP, will not have a placement exam.
If you have questions or would like additional information regarding this change, please email the district's College and Career Readiness department at