- Oct 27, 2017
I am new here and have lots of questions about the prep schools (SAPS). Here is my situation: my son is a junior in high school. After seeing him put in little effort in school and doing poorly (despite us spending lots of money on tutors and organization coaches) for his 9th and 10th grade years and also due to some attitude problems at home, we made the tough decision to send our son to a military high school this year. This was against my son's wishes and he went unwillingly. Fast forward to today- two months later and he is doing great. His grades are fantastic and he is starting to get involved, and according to his TAC he is following the rules and progressing that way as well (really developing the whole man!). He has also made friends and generally I think he is happy, even though he would NEVER admit it to us at this point. I anticipate he will stay for his senior year as well (hoping it is by his choice). Anyway, this has all got me thinking about college. I am very interested in having him go to a Senior Military College (SMC)but also want to have some other options as well, so that is why I am here on this forum. Can you all tell me a little bit about the SAPS? Are they only for kids that intend to go into a service academy? If my son, for whatever reason, doesn't get into or go to a SMC could he start at a SAPS and after two years transfer to either a SMC or a regular college? Is it kind of like a community college in that way? And do SAPS have the same military structure as SMC and SA? Like PT and structured days and required study halls? Having seen what this environment is doing for my son in HS, I really believe it would be best for him to go to a college (even if just for a couple years) that helps him be self disciplined and helps him to manage his time. Thanks in advance!