Cultivate students’ belonging mindsets: “I belong in an AP class” / “I can succeed in an AP class”

For students who have been historically marginalized or students who may have never considered an AP class, it is essential to develop a sense of belonging once enrolled in AP courses. Belonging will help maintain students’ motivation and persistence.

Explore Student Experiences Throughout the School Year

Click on each critical period to explore student experiences.

Strong Start


Keeping Up


Midterm Reset


Exam Prep


Due to varying school schedules and contexts, the exact timing of the critical periods will differ by school and even by class. The months provided are a guide for where teachers should be looking for experiences based on time of year.

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