My Understanding is that USMAPS is designed to bring applicants who are deficient academically up to USMA admission standards. However, to be considered for USMAPS, you have to apply for admission to USMA first. But USMA won't consider you for admission unless you are academically competitive. My DD has marginal ACT scores and, so far, her portal says "initial evaluation pending". She would benefit from the prep school, but it doesn't look like she will get to the second step of the USMA admission process. She is not a recruited athlete . She will be taking the ACT again in SEP. If she doesn't get to the second step of the USMA application process, is USMAPS a no go as well? I posted this on the Prep School Forum as well.