Posted by: Jacqui Murray | May 30, 2012

Didn’t Get in? Try NAPS

naval academy prep school

NAPS–Naval Academy Prep School

From the USNA website:

The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) is located on Naval Station Newport in historic Newport, Rhode Island. The Naval Academy Preparatory School is the Navy’s fourth oldest school; only the Naval Academy, Naval War College, and Naval Post Graduate School are older.

The mission of the Naval Academy Preparatory School is to enhance midshipman candidates’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the U.S. Naval Academy. The ten-month course of instruction at NAPS, lasting from August through May, emphasizes preparation in English Composition, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Information Technology.

Demanding military, physical and character development programs complement the academic preparation to fully prepare students for the challenges of life at a service academy. As part of the physical development program, NAPS offers a varsity athletic program that competes against other preparatory schools, junior colleges and college junior varsity teams.


Naval Academy Preparatory School
197 Elliot Street
Wing 1
Newport, Rhode Island 02841

Administration:    (401) 841-6966
Academics:             (401) 841-2947
Athletics:                (401) 841-3413


  1. Hello, my name is Imani. I have been seriously thinking about applying to the USNA but have been a little discouraged by the selectivity and the 10% admit rate….I am a junior in highschool and naturally want to get a head start in increasing my chances to get in. I was looking into many of the current midshipmen at the academy and noticed that most had attended NAPS for a year. Is NAPS mandatory or highly suggested if I want to get into the USNA? Would NAPS credits be transferrable to the USNA? How old do I have to be to apply to NAPS?

    • Don’t even think about the admittance rate. Your best chance to be selected is to be qualified. Read through the articles I have on what’s required to apply and be selected, see if that’s you, fix what you can. As a junior, you want to consider the summer seminar option as a way to vet the school and let them vet you. Attendees get a lot of guidance on applying.

      As for NAPS, this is an excellent option if you’re qualified except for some academics. NAPS will work on those for a year and then matriculate you to USNA. For more information, check my article here.

      Good luck, Imani!

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