New College Board Pre-AP Program coming to local high school

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local high school will become one of twelve schools in Florida to offer a new College Board program.

The College Board said Bay District Schools was "selected from over 1,000 schools worldwide" to participate in the program, with Arnold High School as the partner.

The Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) Program will be launched at Arnold this fall and will be the only one in North Florida.

According to the College Board website, Pre-AP is meant to be for all students to ensure college readiness without diving right into Advanced Placement courses.

"It's a program to help our students grow into our AP courses by the time they graduate and ultimately it's to help them prepare for college, career, because even college is career prep, you go to school for a purpose, but to help our students be pushed academically," Keith Bland, Arnold's principal, explained.

He went on to say that AP exams had about a 50 percent pass rate last school year, so the hope is to use Pre-AP to reach students who did not pass those exams and ones who have not been exposed to rigorous curricula.

Principal Bland said Pre-AP will replace regular courses, so incoming freshmen will either be on a Pre-AP or honors track.

Students who require special accommodations will not be required to take Pre-AP courses.