Why should students take advanced courses?
Studies have shown that the academic rigor of a student's high school experience is the single best predictor of success in college. Enrolling in at least one advanced course gives students the opportunity to experience rigorous learning in a supportive environment designed to help them succeed. We encourage our students to explore Pre-AP/Advanced Placement and dual credit courses. Check out the "student voices" section to hear from our Klein ISD students about their experiences in advanced courses.
Advanced Placement Program
The Advanced Placement program is an open-enrollment program that provides rigorous academic coursework in the major subject fields with course content designed at a college level. Courses are offered in English, social studies, science, world languages, math, and fine arts. A student enrolled in an AP course is very strongly encouraged to complete the course and take the corresponding AP examination at the end of the year. AP courses are recognized for college credit by many universities in the United States and abroad. All Klein ISD AP course syllabi are approved by the College Board.
Pre-Advanced Placement Program
Klein ISD offers challenging courses that prepare students for Advanced Placement coursework beginning in 6th grade. Like AP courses, Pre-AP courses are open-enrollment and students are very strongly encouraged to complete the Pre-AP course. Pre-AP curricula is aligned with corresponding AP curricula that is reviewed by the College Board. Pre-AP is not a prerequisite for enrolling in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
The Dual Credit Program offers students an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Upon successful completion of a Dual Credit course, a student will earn “dual credit” – high school and college credit – simultaneously. These courses provide advanced academic instruction beyond, or in greater depth than, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a corresponding high school course.
International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) is a comprehensive two-year advanced academic studies program that begins in a student’s junior year of high school. The program covers curriculum in six subject areas including English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, and the Electives. Students who pursue the IB diploma program have taken courses equivalent to first year college courses and may receive advanced standing and/or college credit for their work.