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Stage 1 - Request/Complete a Program Application
Applications are currently closed for the 2012-2013 school year.
Appications will open for the 2013-2014 school year on Febuary 4th, 2013. Individuals may acquire applications through the following ways:
1. Submit an application online (preferred method):
2. Print a copy and submit by mail:
3. Apply in person at YouthBuild PCS: 3014 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Stage 2 - Orientation
Each applicant that meets the minimum eligibility requirements are invited to an initial orientation, during which staff members describe the YouthBuild PCS admissions process, and various program components. Applicants must be on time for the Orientation session.
The school contacts each applicant that does not meet the minimum prerequisites with a reason for his/her ineligibility.
Stage 3 - Interview
Applicants are scheduled for an individual interview with a panel of staff members. During this interview, YouthBuild PCS determines a potential fit between the applicant and the school. Applicants must be on time for the Interview.
Stage 4 - Mental Toughness Training (MTT)
YouthBuild PCS extends and invitation for applicants to return in mid-August for "Mental Toughness Training," an intensive, one week selection process designed to introduce individuals to the YouthBuild model of learning (and prepare them to step back into the classroom).
Preparation is achieved through a series of workshops, leadership exercises and team building activities. During Mental Toughness, students must adhere to a series of rules and guidelines to complete the application process. Applicants must be on time each day of MTT. While YouthBuild PCS does not discriminate against otherwise eligible applicants, the school's charter does permit it to reject the application of any applicant who fails to demonstrate punctuality and motivation to attend the school.
All applicants will be required to provide all necessary personal documentation prior to enrollment (in addition to other required paperwork).
Typically, all applicants who have successfully completed the school's four-stage admissions process are enrolled in YouthBuild PCS. However, from time to time, there are more applicants who have successfully completed the school's four-stage admissions process than there are openings available in the school. In those cases, YouthBuild PCS uses a lottery to determine which of those successful applicants are enrolled as students.