NWP or Greystone?

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  1. blakeUSAFA18hopeful

    blakeUSAFA18hopeful Member

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    I'd love to hear from anyone that's been to these two prep schools! What did you like/dislike? Any insight that you could offer would be appreciated! :)
     
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    Which shall I choose.....

    Both are very good prep schools and have great success. Im very bias towards NWP. The first semester, you spend at NWP located in Crestline, CA, not much around there to get into trouble. Your day is very scheduled and limited small time to access the internet for free time and use of cell phones is limited. This will help you stay focused. The second semester you spend at 2 year of four school taking classes that are similar to Plebe year. Math, chem with a lab.
    The Durbecks have an inside track with the SA. You will have a CFA test there, they will write your SOEs and will help with nom prep. You can either do it by phone or you can do it in person if you live close by.

    What I like most is the second semester. You demonstrate that you can handle the college level course work to the SA. I think this is a great benefit.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Oooops...

    You’re absolute correct Lineinthesand, I should take more time and explain things in thorough. School official Evaluations. (SOE) When you reapply to West Point at least, your high school application will still be on record, however, NWP will fill out on your portal a few more SOEs. And will also send an evaluation that compares you performance to others at WP

    The school will have no more than 95 students who are all in the same boat, needing to be polished up academically. You will have the opportunity to take the ACT/SAT three times. And you will increase your score. You will have 20 words to memorize each day. You will know their spelling and correct use, sentence breakdowns and write them in paragraphs.

    Even if you don’t get into a SA you will be well prepared for the academic challenges at any top college. NWP is not a military style school, they leave the soldier building up to the SA. They focus on academic preparation. And they do an excellent job.

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    What does NWP stand for ?
     
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    North West Prep
     
  7. payitforward

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    OMG thank you for asking that.
     
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    This reply is a little late, but I just noticed this thread and would love to contribute. I have just recently finished my first semester at NWP and I am now attending a local community college.

    I do not know much about Greystone, but if I am correct I believe Greystone was founded by a former Prepster (that is what they call students who attend NWP). But I could be wrong.

    tug_boat did a great job of explaining NWP. It is a stressful academic and physical environment. The school is at 5,000ft, but that does not stop them from giving you hard workouts everyday. I was in good physical shape going into NWP but I have improved greatly since I first started there.

    The academics are tough as well. You have four classes (on top of your physical training class) which include: English, Physics, Chemistry, and Math. You only have around 3-4 hours each day to study for those classes, not to mention the 20 word vocabulary tests every day. So they are big on time management.

    This school prepares you for success, not just in the academies, but anywhere you decide to go. It is a small school where you will get to know everyone very closely (this includes the Durbecks, who have good connections).
     
  10. CAmom2015

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    Our DS attended Greystone and it was a tremendously beneficial experience for him. The main difference between the two Prep schools is that Greystone is connected with a university, so you will be attending college and at the same time receiving the benefit of a prep program. NWP prepares you as a prep school and then you attend your local community college during the spring. Different approaches, but both help second time around applicants have a better chance at an appointment.
     
  11. USAFA1986

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    I attended NWP back in '81-'82, when the Hoiby's ran the school in Santa Barbara. I was fortunate enough ( as most of my class) to have received an early appointment to USAFA the following year. So, for our class it was a Definite positive.

    Good luck to all !
     
  12. dhabs

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    Just keep in mind that not all Prep Schools offer the military experience so if that's something that is important to you pick one that does include that.
     
  13. JWP

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    Hey dhabs - you left the door open for me to provide a shameless plug for MMI! Before I go there - all the prep schools offer outstanding programs and are excellent options. That being said - my DS had a great experience at MMI and the military environment coupled with a rigorous academic schedule will serve he and he classmates extremely well at the academy….
     

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