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Thank you for considering Harmel Academy of the Trades. Before you apply, please be sure to read carefully through our website to make sure you understand the goals and unique community of our school.  Please note: we consider a student’s timeliness and attention to detail in our application process. Please have all your required materials prepared prior to application.


At the time of application, have the following prepared:

  • Up-to-date transcripts of all educational institutions you’ve attended. If you have not graduated high school at the time of application, submit your projected final GPA. Before enrollment, you will be asked to submit a final high school transcript.
  • A complete resume detailing education and work experience. 
  • Email addresses for your three references. (Please reach out to your references in advance, asking them to be timely in submitting their letters of recommendation. We will send your references an email with a link to submit their letters. Please notify your references that this email sometimes gets directed to spam folders.)

Prior to an Initial Interview with a Student Services Representative, you must have:

  • Competed the online application.
  • Completed an online SLE-Q test. (Once your application is complete, we will email you a link to this test. Please contact us if you need a special accommodation for test-taking.)

Prior to the Interview with the President, Dean, and/or Program Director, you must have:

  • Completed the Initial Interview with a Student Services Representative.
  • Visited campus at least once. (Virtual visits can be arranged for out of state applicants, if necessary.)

At the time of enrollment, an incoming student must:

  • Be a high school graduate (or GED).
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a drug screening test and a criminal background check. (On the initial online application, we ask that an applicant confirm that he will pass a drug test and background check. We do not perform these until he accepts our Conditional Offer. Please be honest and explain any circumstances on the online application to prevent future disappointments for everyone involved.)
  • Submit proof of health insurance, healthcare cost sharing plans, or sign a waiver. 


We will make a preliminary review, and respond with any questions or concerns. We will stay in touch, but do not hesitate to contact us for any updates.

There is no formal deadline, but to accommodate students for Fall entry, we like to have all enrollment decisions made no later than May of the previous spring. For Fall 2024, we are looking to enroll 28 students into our Foundations program. Applicants accepted after the program is filled may still be accepted depending on space, but they may also be placed on a wait list. Applications that are submitted after enrollment has closed could be considered for the following year if the student chooses.

For each year of high school, please provide the name of the class and grade in any format that is simple and clear to understand. Please describe any non-traditional courses and how they were assessed (field work, volunteer work) if you included those in your curriculum. Provide any narrative or description that you think would be helpful to Harmel to understand the coursework and curriculum. We understand that each family will have its own program.

The Scholastic Level Exam Quicktest (SLE-Q) tests cognitive ability. (Other college entrance exams like the ACT, CLT and SAT test knowledge as opposed to ability.) The SLE-Q was developed by Wonderlic. The SLE-Q is done online and consists of 30 questions to be answered within 8 minutes. This test is not monitored or proctored, and is done on the student’s honor. Click here to see some sample questions. Be sure to read the instructions carefully when you start. When you take the test, be sure to be in a quiet place without interruption, and have pen and paper ready for some simple math during the test.

Applicants take the SLE-Q if they want to apply without visiting campus right away. The SLE-Q results give an early indication of an applicant’s likelihood of success without having to visit campus.

These tests are only one of many factors that are used to select applicants. These tests are not “passed” or “failed”.

The resume should be well considered and professional, but it can be  whatever form best conveys the applicant’s life, accomplishments, and interests. Be creative. The resume should be in whatever form best conveys more about the student’s life, accomplishments and interests. Be creative. Project portfolios, videos, or other formats are encouraged. The resume will be used as a starting point for the interview. 

No. Harmel Academy is not yet accredited, so we cannot accept or offer any credits for transfer. We are working on becoming accredited with the ACCSC.

We will be providing a list of recommended vaccinations to students when they are accepted for enrollment. Our policy is coordinated with our host campus, Kuyper College.

Yes. We will ask for information about health insurance (or a need sharing plan) during enrollment. If a student does not have coverage, he will be asked to sign a short form that confirms he is responsible for his health care expenses.

Yes, and a valid driver’s license.

There is a field in the Application for you to enter the email address of the person you’ve asked to provide the reference. Our system will send them a request directly. They will submit your recommendation directly to us on-line. Please ask your references to be timely in their response, and notify them the some email inboxes send this request to the spam folder (so they should be looking out for the email).

Please email us to arrange a visit. There will also be Visiting Days scheduled.

You can take sample tests on-line to familiarize yourself with the test. Unlike other tests though, SLE (Wonderlic) measures intellectual ability (thinking) rather than knowledge (content).

Not yet. A school must be accredited to receive Federal money, and we are working toward accreditation now. This process takes a few years. In the meantime, Harmel has a financial aid option through our Solidarity Fund

No, but we have built relationships with local collaborating employers who have extremely high needs for new, eager, interested workers. It is our desire that each student will have a job at a collaborating shop coordinated with his program. For apprentice-track programs (MST and ELE), it is expected that the student will continue to work at the employer full time to complete his remaining On the Job (OTJ) hours for his journeyman status. This arrangement is between the student and the employer.

Because we are a new school, we do not offer many scholarship opportunities. Those scholarships we are able to offer are usually merit-based for students who have completed at least one semester of study. Occasionally, we have donors who consider funding one-time scholarships. Please feel free to ask about the current availability of these scholarships.

But also please note: because learning to work is central to Harmel, our course schedules are designed to allow men about three full days a week for work—either in their apprenticeship or otherwise—meaning students can greatly offset the cost of their tuition, room, and board.

Additionally, Harmel’s SOLIDARITY FUND provides alternative means of covering tuition, room, & board. Please contact us for more information.


In the form below, fill out your name, address and email fields and hit submit. This prompts three things.

  1. You will receive a text from Populi (our online system) asking to confirm the cell phone number you entered.
  2. A link will be immediately sent to your email. You can use this link to return to the Application at any time to complete it.
  3. You will be redirected to a fresh page that has the rest of the Application questions and instructions on how to submit Letters of Recommendation.