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Tomball ISD's Advanced Academics Program Plans for Program Name Change



Tomball ISD's pre-AP program will be making a noticeable name change beginning with the start of the 2020-21 school year.  Due to a trademark of the current program, the district will rename the program the ‘Tomball Advanced Program’ (TAP).


Tomball ISD is preparing to change the name of its Pre-AP courses in the Advanced Academics program to ‘TAP’, which will stand for Tomball Advanced Program. The instructional material will not change, only the name will change in response to the College Board owning the trademark for the term “Pre-AP.”  


Last fall, the College Board announced that it would launch an official Pre-AP program with annual fees for participation associated. In the fall of 2022, the College Board will require that all classes in a school district that are labeled as ‘Pre-AP’ must be submitted to the College Board, and an annual fee must be paid, to have their curriculum approved in order to be called ‘Pre-AP’. 


Students currently taking, or planning to take Pre-AP classes will now be in TAP classes.  


In 2018, Tomball ISD officials began researching and discussing the new name for the pre-AP program so that by the 2020-21 school year, the transition and implementation to the ‘TAP’ naming will be completed. 

Beginning in Grade 6, Tomball ISD offers open enrollment to TAP courses in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science.
They are designed to challenge students and prepare them for advanced level coursework in high school and in college.
Curriculum in TAP courses: 
  • is more rigorous
  • focuses on depth rather than breadth
  • requires independent learning
  • requires outside reading and coursework
The TAP curricula for these courses are: 
  • built on the core academic curriculum 
  • academically advanced 
  • aligned with advanced course descriptions and curriculum
  • developed with a concentration on building student capacity to understand rigorous content 
  • developed to prepare students for AP coursework and for PSAT and SAT testing
TAP instruction includes: 
  • a variety of assessment formats 
  • periodic timed assessments 
  • student accountability for independent reading 
  • the use of a variety of resources beyond the text
Students should: 
  • possess interest in the subject area
  • consider balance of academic load with outside commitments
  • be actively engaged in their own learning, taking responsibility for workload and asking questions when needed
  • possess study skills and time management planning