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AP and Pre-AP Summer Institutes

What is a College Boardendorsed AP or Pre-AP Summer Institute?

The AP and Pre-AP Summer Institutes are subject-specific professional development opportunities. They provide teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses and to utilize Pre-AP teaching strategies. Teachers from around the world come together at these institutes to exchange ideas and information about AP courses and exams.

What can I expect at a College Boardendorsed summer institute?

Each institute is managed individually by staff at the sponsoring institution. The endorsed institutes found on our Institutes & Workshops search page on AP Central have signed an endorsement agreement with the College Board to ensure quality and consistency among the locations, which includes the use of College Board-endorsed consultants and College Board materials. Please contact the individual locations for detailed information about their course offerings.

Topics that are often covered in summer institute sessions include:

  • AP courses: goals, objectives, content, resources, bibliographies, and equipment
  • The AP Examination: how it is developed and graded
  • Syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments
  • How to refresh and improve existing AP courses
  • Recent changes in AP Course Descriptions
  • Strategies for teaching students at beginning or intermediate levels
  • Vertical teaming

How do I register for a College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institute?

Please contact the individual institutes for cost and registration information. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses are included in your search results. Visit our Institutes & Workshops search page on AP Central to search the most up-to-date AP Summer Institute schedule and view registration information.


Through three scholarship programs, the College Board offers qualifying teachers at schools without funding for professional development the opportunity to attend an AP Summer Institute for free.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2015, for summer 2015 APSIs.

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To register for AP Teacher Workshops, visit AP Central: Professional Development Workshops and Institutes

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