Lighthouse Initiative for Texas Classrooms

Indicators of a Successful Pre-AP* or AP* Classroom

The following are marks of excellence in a Pre-AP/AP classroom:

  • Students are actively engaged in learning as demonstrated by student inquiry, discussion and written responses of appropriate depth and complexity.
  • Student learning is at a high cognitive level (critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, analysis, and synthesis) as demonstrated in a variety of academic activities.
  • Students analyze a variety of complex materials, including primary and secondary sources, works of art, graphic representations, and maps.
  • Students are self-directed/self-initiated as appropriate.
  • Teachers utilize instructional strategies and motivational techniques that engage students in the learning process.
  • Teachers provide learner-centered activities that relate to the interest and varied backgrounds of students.
  • Teachers use effective questioning techniques to challenge students to attain higher levels of cognition.
  • Teachers recognize the existence of varying skill levels challenging students to move forward in their abilities.
  • The classroom displays sensitivity to cultural differences while maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • The classroom allows for sharing of ideas and diverse opinions from all students in a safe environment.
  • The classroom provides a dynamic learning atmosphere from bell-to-bell.