What is the deal with prep school? If you do not receive an appointment will the academy assign or recommend you to a prep school? Are there certain prep schools which are tied in with the academy besides NAPS? When would I have to apply to the prep schools? Would I have to apply before I find out my status at the Naval Academy? I know this is a lot of questions. But I just want to have a backup plan for myself if I do not receive an initial appointment. Also, at my first nomination interview I was asked "What will you do if you do not receive an appointment to the Naval Academy?" and I said that I would go to prep school for a year and try again and that I will not stop until I get in. Was this a good answer? I know this is a lot to read but, thanks to those of you who bared with me. Thanks for the help!