Potential YBPCS Students:

To apply to attend YouthBuild DC PCS, please fill out the application linked here. Potential students can also come into campus and fill out a paper application. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to getting to know you!

Para solicitar asistencia a YouthBuild DC PCS, por favor llene la aplicación vinculada aquí. Los estudiantes potenciales tambiénpueden entrar en el campus y llenar una solicitud de papel. Gracias por su inerés y esperamos conocerlo.

Enrollment Process

To enroll, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 16-24 years of age

  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia

  • Have NOT already earned a high school diploma or equivalent

Stage 1: Complete a Program Interest Form

Individuals may submit a Program Interest Form by:



Print a copy and submit by mail to:

YouthBuild PCS
3220 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

In Person

Submit a Program Interest Form at:

YouthBuild PCS
3220 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Stage 2: Information Session

Each prospective student that meets the minimum eligibility requirements is invited to an initial information session, during which staff members describe the YouthBuild PCS admissions process, and various program components. Prospective students must be on time for Information Sessions. Late arrivals will NOT be admitted.

Stage 3: Mental Toughness Training

After attending an Information Session, prospective students will be invited to return 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. Students must be on time each day of Mental Toughness. 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.

Required Documentation

All applicants will be required to provide all necessary personal documentation prior to enrollment (in addition to other required paperwork).

Enrollment Lottery

If there are more prospective students than there are openings available in the school, then YouthBuild PCS will use a lottery to determine which of those applicants are enrolled. Applicants not selected in the lottery will be placed on a wait list in the order they are drawn.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at (202) 319-0141.


Notice of Non-Discrimination

YouthBuild Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, parental status, familial status, matriculation, or political affiliation.