Service Academy Prep Program

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Good morning. Who has in their high school/academy a Service Academy Prep Program. I'm curious as to what it entails and on how it was run. Is it a selection process to get in? Is it looked at as a club or organization? Just looking for some better ideas. Thank you in advance.
 

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I have never heard of that. Good grades in tough classes (especially STEM), sports, leadership, and community service are what you need to prepare for a service academy. So, not sure what a high school service academy “Prep Program” would be. You can design your own prep program.
 

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If you go through the process of applying to a Service Academy and do not get selected, you may get chosen to attend a SA Prep school. The Academy sees potential in you, but you don't quite make the cut right out of HS.
 

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Good morning. Who has in their high school/academy a Service Academy Prep Program. I'm curious as to what it entails and on how it was run. Is it a selection process to get in? Is it looked at as a club or organization? Just looking for some better ideas. Thank you in advance.
To expand a bit more, the three DOD service academies, USMA, USNA, USAFA have their own prep schools. They offer seats there to applicants they like but need some more preparation work before tackling the SA curriculum. These 3 academies also have scholarship programs for well-known college prep schools which have service academy prep programs. Same deal, the SA chooses who they want to offer a scholarship to. You can also “self-prep” at these schools, paying your own way, as a path to application to an SA. USCGA and USMMA also have some programs.

If you are just starting to think about a service academy, the best thing you can do right now is go to their sa.edu website, and read every page, hamburger menu item and link. You will find profiles for classes, recommendations for HS courses to take, etc.

Here’s an example:
 

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To expand a bit more, the three DOD service academies, USMA, USNA, USAFA have their own prep schools. They offer seats there to applicants they like but need some more preparation work before tackling the SA curriculum. These 3 academies also have scholarship programs for well-known college prep schools which have service academy prep programs. Same deal, the SA chooses who they want to offer a scholarship to. You can also “self-prep” at these schools, paying your own way, as a path to application to an SA. USCGA and USMMA also have some programs.

If you are just starting to think about a service academy, the best thing you can do right now is go to their sa.edu website, and read every page, hamburger menu item and link. You will find profiles for classes, recommendations for HS courses to take, etc.

Here’s an example:
With all due respect, I don’t think that’s what OP was asking. He was asking about programs in High School.

To even qualify to get into a service Academy prep school (which are only one year programs) a candidate must have an excellent high school record that includes a strong academic foundation, sports, leadership,etc. Candidates need to start building that foundation in eighth or ninth grade or earlier.
 

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With all due respect, I don’t think that’s what OP was asking. He was asking about programs in High School.

To even qualify to get into a service Academy prep school (which are only one year programs) a candidate must have an excellent high school record that includes a strong academic foundation, sports, leadership,etc. Candidates need to start building that foundation in eighth or ninth grade or earlier.
I agree as what the likely topic of the OP’s question was, but I put myself in the shoes of a high school student new to all things SA who found this site, read the title of this forum, used the exact forum title in their post and made an understandable leap to the HS context, especially if they are unaware of the service prep schools or independent prep schools. The OP joined at 10:16 this AM. If my note helps anyone new to all this, I am content.
 
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With all due respect, I don’t think that’s what OP was asking. He was asking about programs in High School.

To even qualify to get into a service Academy prep school (which are only one year programs) a candidate must have an excellent high school record that includes a strong academic foundation, sports, leadership,etc. Candidates need to start building that foundation in eighth or ninth grade or earlier.
Yes I'm speaking of Service Academy Prep Programs in Military Academies like St Johns, Valley Forge, Army Navy Academy, New Mexico Military Academy, etc. Some HS JROTC programs have them.
 

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JROTC gives opportunities for leadership and in many schools the Boys State nominees come from JROTC. But for, the most part JROTC prepares students to enlist not to be officers. I think I read that only about 15% of service academy students have JROTC in their background.

Again, to prepare for a service academy you need (1) strong academics with a preference for STEM, (2) Athletic excellence, (3) demonstrated leadership, and (4) community service. You can get that prep. at almost any high school. You don’t need to go to a military-oriented high school like Valley Forge or Farragut.
 
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Yes I'm speaking of Service Academy Prep Programs in Military Academies like St Johns, Valley Forge, Army Navy Academy, New Mexico Military Academy, etc. Some HS JROTC programs have them.
You are mixing apples and oranges in this question. I for one am confused.

You are asking about 3 or even 4 different types of training or schools or options in one question.

and I can’t tell why you are asking

Are you hoping to go to a SA like West Point?

If so follow the good advice given above about academics and sports etc

If you are someone that a SA really wants and you fall short a little for a direct admit they may send you to a military prep school such as NAPS (Navy) for a year or to a prep school like NMMA to be better prepared academically.

who would the military really want to see a student at a SA that falls a bit short academically and they would send them to prep school for a year.

in general

—prior enlisted coming in from the fleet for one

—highly recruited folks that play sports

—others that might be important for the military to have within their ranks.

you might get better tailored advice if people knew why you were asking
 
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