Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement


Advanced Placement (AP) courses will challenge students with college level material that enables them to successfully pass the Advanced Placement exam and receive college credit. Reading requirements include textbooks written on the college level in addition to outside reading assignments. These classes are rigorous with more depth and complexity. They require time management and a high degree of task commitment.



GCISD offers the following Pre-AP and AP English classes at the high school level:


  • Pre-AP English I
  • Pre-AP English II
  • Pre-AP English III
  • AP English III Language and Composition
  • AP English IV Literature and Composition


For course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.



GCISD offers the following Pre-AP and AP Social Studies classes at the high school level:

  • Pre-AP World Geography
  • AP Human Geography
  • Pre-AP World History
  • AP World History
  • Pre-AP United States History
  • AP United States History
  • AP US Government
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP Micro-economics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research

For course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.



GCISD offers the following Pre-AP and AP Math classes at the high school level:


  • Pre-AP Algebra I
  • Pre-AP Geometry
  • Pre-AP Algebra II
  • Pre-AP Precalculus
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • Multivariable Calculus [Offered under Independent Study in Math course number—for weighted credit]
  • Differential Equations [Offered under Independent Study in Math course number—for weighted credit]
  • Independent Study


For course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.



Acceleration in Middle School Math:


  • 6th Grade Accelerated Math   
  • 7th Grade Accelerated Math


Accelerated math course are designed to prepare students for entry into Pre-AP/AP courses at the high school level and meet the needs of accelerated or identified GT math students. All of the sixth, seventh, and pre-Algebra TEKS objectives are compacted to prepare the student for Pre-AP Algebra I in the 8th grade. Critical thinking skills are incorporated through the use of non-routine problems, contrasting, classifying, deducing, discarding irrelevant information, evaluating solutions, and verbal written justifications of solutions and strategies. Creative Problem Solving and exploration will incorporate the use of technology and stimulate creative and logical thought processes. Students must process advanced facility with numbers and have a sincere interest in mathematics.


  • 8th Grade Pre-AP Algebra I
  • Pre-AP Geometry


These courses are designed to prepare students for entry into Advanced Placement (AP) course at the high school level and meet the needs of the accelerated or identified GT math students.


For more detailed course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.



GCISD offers the following Pre-AP and AP Science classes at the high school level:


  • PreAP Biology
  • AP Biology
  • PreAP Integrated Physics and Chemistry
  • Pre AP Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Physics II
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Environmental Science


For course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.


Acceleration in Middle School Science:


  • 6th Grade Accelerated Science
  • 7th Grade Accelerated Science

These courses are designed to prepare students for entry into Pre-AP/Advanced Placement courses at the high school level and meet the needs of the district's advanced and gifted/talented science students. This compacted science program integrates technology and science lab experiences into hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum. Students will receive instruction in TEKS objectives from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade programs as a means of compacting middles school science in preparation for Pre-AP Biology in the eighth grade.  


  • 8th Grade PreAP Biology


This course is designed to prepare students for entry into Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level and meet the needs of the district's Pre-AP and gifted/talented science students. Students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students in Biology study a variety of topics that include: structures and functions of cells and viruses; growth and development of organisms; cells, tissues and organs; nucleic acids and genetics; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; and ecosystems and the environment.

*To ensure preparation for the advanced mathematics skills needed in AP Science courses, enrollment in Algebra I in middle school is highly recommended.

For more detailed course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.

 

GCISD offers the following Pre-AP and AP Fine Arts classes at the high school level:


  • PreAP Art I Studio Art   
  • PreAP Two-Dimensional Studio Art   
  • Pre-AP Three-Dimensional Studio Art
  • AP Drawing Portfolio
  • AP Two-Dimensional Portfolio
  • AP Three-Dimensional Portfolio
  • PreAP Art History
  • AP History of Art
  • PreAP Music Theory   
  • AP Music Theory


For course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.



GCISD offers the following Pre-AP and AP Computer Science classes at the high school level:   


  • PreAP Computer Science I   
  • AP Computer Science A II   
  • AP Principles of Computer Science   
  • Independent Study in Technology Applications


For course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.



GCISD offers the following Pre-AP and AP World Languages classes at the high school level:   


  • PreAP Spanish III and IV; AP Spanish V                                
  • PreAP French III and IV ; AP French V                            
  • Pre-AP German III and IV; AP German V     
  • PreAP Latin III and IV; AP Latin V    
  • PreAP Chinese II and III; AP Chinese IV   

For course descriptions please see the GCISD Official Program of Studies.