Advanced Placement

  • Advanced Placement and Pre-AP classes are the best preparation for successful post-high school education.

    All students should challenge themselves by trying AP, whether they plan to attend a prestigious university, pursue military training or learn a skilled trade.

    Because of rapidly changing technology, today’s graduates need a complex set of skills as well as the ability to communicate effectively, work well in teams, think and problem-solve creatively and commit to lifelong learning.

    Students new to AP should simply try a class that interests them. The keys to success in advanced classes are desire, dedication and discipline.

AP Rigor

  • AP rigor prepares students for college-level work. All Pearland ISD AP courses have been deemed college-level not only by College Board but also by local professors. The classes are fast-paced, have more depth and complexity than traditional classes and incorporate more sophisticated learning processes.

    AP classes help predict college success. In fact, some studies have shown that AP students are three times more likely to finish college and gain a bachelor’s degree than students who did not take AP. In addition to the rigor and high expectations, students learn to manage their time and fine-tune their study habits.

AP Exam

  • Students who enroll in AP classes should always take the AP exam. Some colleges will award credit for a high exam score, while others will consider it part of admission criteria. High exam scores can save thousands in college tuition. College credit is determined by the college/university and may change from year to year.


  • Curriculum comprises three elements: content, process and product. Students who have special needs are encouraged to take challenging courses.

    For students with special learning needs, accommodations in advanced classes are made according to the students’ IEP (or 504 plan). While content of an advanced class cannot be altered, the process and delivery of instruction can. Occasionally, the product may be altered, depending on the student’s IEP (or 504 plan).