Prep School offered

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  1. waboo@1229

    waboo@1229 Member

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    My son was offered a year at prep school. I am asking for any feedback on this process and possibility of appointment afterwards.

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    Momma T.
     
  2. LLJ

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    We actually think that would be the perfect scenario for our DS. Good luck. congrats. We know people who have done it at AF academy and they say its like getting a practice year (academically) before starting the real thing. It makes academics less stressful during year one. Its Math and English only ( I think) and they really get to strengthen those areas before the stress of WP.

    When did you get the offer?
     
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    Yesterday.
     
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    If he successfully completes all the requirements of MAPS, his probability of getting an appointment if extremely high. Tons of info regarding Prep school and opinions. If USMA is what he wants, this is a great option that will really have him prepared to make it through USMA in the future.
     
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    Was he offered MAPS or private prep school? Either way is a great opportunity.

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  6. JWP

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    Tare a look at the Service Academy Prep schools thread on this forum...you will find some great info. My 2018 USMA DS was offered civil prep through an AOG scholarship and attended MM I in Alabama. Incredibly rewarding experience for him. There were 25 others in the program with him and all received appointments to WP. As a side note...all are doing extremely well at USMA...R Day and beast were...well...let's say they were exceptionally well prepared!
     
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    Btw...congratulations!
     
  8. waboo@1229

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    Thank you!
     
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    Private.
     
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    From what I understand it's an amazing opportunity!
     
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    I didn't know what it it truly was when our son received his offer. After further research, we discovered it was a great opportunity.

    DS had zero regrets with his year in prep.

    If a candidate does what they're supposed to, within reasonable expectations, the appointment is theirs to lose.

    Best of luck!
     
  12. momtofour

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    Our son received word this week that he was the recipient of a Naval Academy Foundation Scholarship. He will prep one year, hopefully at New Mexico Military Insititue. If he maintains his grades, remains medically qualified and secures a nomination he will become a member of the class of 2021.
     
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    Well congrats on his AoG scholarship!! Take time to study what is offered as far as Civil Prep Schools, they do come in different shapes and sizes. Some offer scholarships that will fill in the financial gap. Some are an extension of a military high school, jr college or a finishing school. Call and ask questions. They all have very good reputations and established records to help prepare your DS, its just a matter what fits for you and your DS.

    The year will go by fast and your DS will grow leaps and bounds. I feel a year makes a huge difference in maturity and also helps you with separation anxiety. Your DS scored just on the edge but WP saw something they liked and offered to have him polished up. He will better equipped for academics and WP!


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    Take it in a heartbeat. My son was lucky enough to receive an appointment to USMA, but would have taken a prep offer for sure. If he is an athlete, it is like a redshirt year. If not, the academy sees leadership potential but thinks they are not quite academically qualified. It is not as rigorous as the plebe year, and if he does well is virtually guaranteed an appointment the next year. Congrats.
     
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  15. waboo@1229

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    Thank you. This is excellent information.
     
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    If your son received an AOG scholarship to a prep school and he really wants to go to West Point - he should definitely take it. He is qualified in all areas (3Q'd) but is on the bubble for an appointment. Very few of these are offered - about 1 per state. As someone said, if he goes to prep on an AOG scholarship, then the appointment is his to lose. It is pretty much a slam dunk, if he doesn't mess up while there.
    Think of it this way - AOG (Associate of Graduates) is the alumni group for West Point. They are giving money to send these candidates to prep school. West Point chooses who gets these, but they are not going to 'waste' the AOGs money by sending someone who they don't intend on offering the appointment to the next year.
    If he accepts the AOG, goes to Prep and does what is expected there, then the appointment is his for the next class.
     
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  17. waboo@1229

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    I appreciate the information. Thank You.
     
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    This is the proverbial "golden ticket." It is rare that a prepster doesn't gain admission the following year. The prep schools work very hard to ensure their students meet the requirements for admission. Congrats to your son!
     
  19. waboo@1229

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    Just an update, my son accepted the AOG scholarship! All of the feedback from this thread assisted me immensely. Thank you all.
    Respectfully,
    Hopeful for 2021, mom
     
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    So he's probably a white non-athlete.

    If he wants USMA, it's a great route. One of my best colleagues at work is a product of the private prep system. He was my classmate and a great officer. No reason not to go if this is what he wants.
     

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