Admissions FAQ

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You qualify if you are/have:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or GED recipient
  • Ability to pass basic English language reading and math tests at a 10th grade level
  • Live in New York City
  • A U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card
  • Available for all-day training sessions for the full length of the program
  • Unemployed or under-employed (work only part-time or in a low wage job) or receiving public assistance of any sort (food stamps, Medicaid, income support, housing, disability, etc.)
  • Interest in obtaining professional IT employment

How long is the training?

The training program is full-time, Monday through Friday, and will last about 15 weeks.

When and where are classes held?

Classes are offered in our training center at 804 East 138th Street in the South Bronx, from 9:00am to 3:30pm on most days. Contact us to lean more.

What is orientation and why do I need to attend?

As part of our admissions process, each applicant must attend an orientation that will consist of a 60-minute presentation, followed by a basic skills examination (the Test of Adult Basic Education) for those interested in applying.  Attending orientation is important to ensure that Per Scholas is right for you and to learn how to properly apply.

What if I don’t pass the basic skills test?

If you don’t pass the basic skills (TABE) test on your first try, you are welcome to return the very next day and take it again; however, we recommend that you take some time to prepare.  This site has several resources, including sample test questions and instructional videos: http://www.testprepreview.com/tabe_practice.htm


Where do I get an application?

You can fill out an application when you attend orientation. It is not long and does not ask for anything more than basic information.


How often do new classes begin?

We admit and begin training 2-3 new classes every month.  Each new class has about 20 students.

Is there a dress code?

Per Scholas follows a dress code so that all students can get used to wearing professional attire every day.  Jeans, sneakers, caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts or other casual streetwear are not allowed while classes are in session.  We can help you obtain professional clothing if you need it.

Are there any other important requirements?

Per Scholas expects students to be dedicated to working hard and building better futures for themselves and their families.  On the first day of your training, we will ask you to sign an enrollment agreement detailing all of our policies and guidelines.  We will discuss these policies with you during your orientation.  The most important include:

  • No unexcused lateness or absence: If you are admitted to Per Scholas, we will expect  you to arrive for your classes every day and on time.  If you are absent or late too often, we may dismiss you from the program.  This is is especially true during the first three weeks, when we have a “zero-tolerance” policy.
  • Observe general, common-sense rules: Like any school, we have rules to ensure that all students have an opportunity to benefit as much as possible from our program.  In particular, we will not tolerate violent, abusive or harassing behavior, including sexual harassment, toward anyone in our facility.  We will also dismiss students who come to Per Scholas under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Lastly, we want you to learn as much as you can while having lots of fun!  But it is your responsibility, as much as it is ours, to make this happen.  At any time, if you are having a problem, you can talk  with your instructor or another staff member.  We can almost always help.


Do you offer job placement services?

We offer extensive job placement services to every graduate, for up to two years after you complete the training program.  As a result, at least 3 in every 4 graduates find jobs, most within six months.

Have a question that was not answered above?  Contact us at admissions@perscholas.org with your question, and we will get back to you!