United States Air Force Academy

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With the ultimate goal of becoming a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, the Prep School’s academic program is tailored to prepare cadet candidates for the rigorous curriculum they will face.

During the first of four academic quarters, cadet candidates will take a required course in basic study skills to learn time management and study techniques that will facilitate the transition to the demanding requirements of Academy academics. The curriculum is designed to lay the groundwork for success in required Academy classes, with a focus on English, math and science.


Writing skills are developed through a composition program that incorporates literature and character-focused readings. An optional course in Reading is also available for cadet candidates to increase vocabulary, comprehension and reading speed.


Intense instruction covering a wide spectrum of topics, including:

  • College algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Applications in science and engineering

Chemistry is used to teach cadet candidates fundamentals in scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. They will participate in hands-on lab experiments to develop critical thinking, data analysis and scientific and academic writing skills.

Cadet candidates are placed in academic “tracks” that best fit their requirements, and instructors are readily accessible for extra assistance. All cadet candidates take four classes per quarter – two math, one science and one English class. Most will follow the standard course of instruction, while other cadet candidates are better served by our fundamental skills track to ensure a solid foundation in the three core disciplines.

In the spring, there are opportunities for high-performing cadet candidates to take advanced courses in physics, English and math at the Academy alongside fourth-class cadets. Cadet candidates who qualify for slots in these limited honors-level courses have the opportunity to earn transcript credit at the Academy while attending the Prep School.

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