Homeschoolers at USAFAPS?

Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by Invisibility, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Invisibility

    Invisibility Member

    Dec 10, 2012
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    I visited the Academy during Summer Seminar this June. One of the seminars (admissions, I think) included some information on the Prep School. It's been a few months, but I remember one of the speakers saying that homeschoolers are sometimes sent to the Prep School for a bit of diversity.

    Does anyone have any information on that? There are probably 3,000 flavors of homeschooling, so it's hard to make generalizations. I've heard that "typical" prep appointees tend to be very strong in extracurriculars and physically but weak in GPA and/or SAT/ACT. I've got strong test scores and extracurriculars, but am physically... improving. Let's go with that.

    Anyway, out of curiosity more than anything, I wanted to know if anyone had information on chances at a prep school slot. Thanks a lot!
  2. BlahuKahuna

    BlahuKahuna 5-Year Member

    May 10, 2011
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    Huh. I don't remember them saying that when I was at Summer Seminar. I can tell you that there were at least two Falcons at my prep school who were homeschooled, though. No idea about USAFAPS.
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Parent 5-Year Member

    Apr 13, 2010
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    USAFAPS tends to focus on recruited athletes, prior enlisted, and diversity candidates that did not score high enough for a direct appointment. I'm not sure that homeschoolers fall into that diversity group. My DS was a homeschooler as well as a Falcon Scholar who attended NWPrep. He will be the first to tell you that Prep school was great preparation for his first year at USAFA. But to answer he unasked question, there are definitely homeschoolers at USAFA.
  4. tug_boat

    tug_boat Member

    Jun 18, 2012
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    There are two types of students at NWP, sponsored and free agent. The sponsored have scholarships from the SA they wish to attend. The free agent students pay their way. NWP has an excellent record of both sponsored and free agents getting appointments from the SA they're striving for. I would look into SLS and Boys and Girls state programs. Give the directors at Northwestern Prep School a call and look into their program.

    Note: There are aprox 50 to 60 Falcon scholarships that go out. The school attracts about 90% and get about 99% appointments as well as free agents. Its no cake walk. You take the SAT/ACT about 3 times as well as PT everyday to improve your CFA

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  5. AFrpaso

    AFrpaso USAFA '17 5-Year Member

    Mar 5, 2012
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    There is a prior service cadet candidate at the prep school right now. Although he was probably accepted because of his enlisted status, coming from a home schooled background does improve diversity.

    You'll never know if you don't try!
  6. zdowning

    zdowning New Member

    Feb 14, 2013
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    You won't be denied or accepted to the academy or prep school because of homeschooling. Prep school appointees are typically athletes, prior enlisted, and "diversity" candidates. You may however get a falcon foundation scholarship.

    If your scores are good everywhere but physically then get your butt in gear and get those scores up too! =D

    "you want to be strong?! Go into forest, find large rock, lift overhead, drop...repeat as necessary."

    Good luck!
    I was home-schooled too.
  7. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17 5-Year Member

    Sep 29, 2011
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    I don't specifically know of any homeschoolers here at the Prep School, but I haven't asked anyone at all.

    I was an online schooled student myself. Did school at home, but took the courses online through my city's public school system. :thumb:
  8. USMA2020

    USMA2020 Member

    Jan 22, 2013
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    As a home-schooler, in pretty much the same boat, I have been wonderig this kind of thing about USMAPS. I guess it would be the same? Does anyone know?


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