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YES Prep Public Schools Overview
Houston, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
School / School District
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
For over seventeen years, YES Prep Public Schools has redefined what is possible in public education. With more than 10,000 college-bound students in Houston, we are a system of high-performing public charter schools, proving that students from low-income communities can achieve ... Read more

Mission: YES Prep Public Schools exists to increase the number of students from underserved communities who graduate from college prepared to lead.

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YES Prep Public Schools – Why Work For Us?

Since we opened our doors in 1998, YES Prep has continuously redefined possible for students, families and the public education system at large. Today, with 17 schools in operation, serving 12,500 students throughout Houston, YES Prep is living proof that different outcomes are possible when students from low-income communities are given access to high-quality educational opportunities.

Small and Integrated 6th-12th Grade Schools: YES Prep operates small, integrated, 6th through 12th campuses that enable our teachers and school leaders to build transformative relationships with students. By creating a family-oriented culture on every campus, our students feel valued and supported throughout their middle school and high school careers.

Rigorous Academic Curriculum and Assessment: From day one, our students are held to higher academic standards than students in traditional public schools across the country. YES Prep uses the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards (TEKS) as a floor, not a ceiling, when setting the bar for student achievement. Students are assessed multiple times during the school year to identify gaps in learning, and interventions are implemented based on the results. Additionally, all of our students are required to take the SAT or ACT exam and at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course in high school.

Student Interventions: In order to ensure that every student is college-ready by the end of 12th grade, YES Prep requires all students to attend an extended school day and school year. Because most of our 6th graders come to YES Prep performing below grade-level, additional time during the school day is dedicated to strategic interventions in order to guarantee that students are able to meet academic standards.

Enrichment Opportunities: YES Prep students have access to a variety of life-changing extracurricular activities that enhance their middle and high school experiences.

  • Spring Trip. Annual spring trips give most students their first opportunity to travel outside of Houston and visit colleges around the country. By graduation, on average, YES Prep students have visited 20 schools.
  • Service Opportunities. Service has been an important pillar of our model since 1998. At most of our campuses, students have the opportunity to volunteer and give back to their communities through Saturday service days and unique projects.
  • Summer Programming. Students that are interested in participating in rigorous academic summer programming have the opportunity to apply for Duke Tip, Breakthrough Houston, and a variety of study abroad options. These programs actively recruit our students, and our staff is continuously seeking out the best and most unique summer opportunities available.

Personalized College Counseling & Support Through College: Over the past 18 years, YES Prep has developed one of the most innovative college counseling programs in the country with one focus – college graduation. Our unwavering commitment to this goal begins in sixth grade and continues on well after students leave YES Prep. Our alumni receive ongoing support throughout college to ensure they persist and earn a degree. Visit our College Initiatives page to learn more.

Why YES Prep?

At YES Prep, you will have the opportunity to prepare your students for college graduation every day. And to help make sure you can, YES Prep is committed to developing each member of our team into the dynamic, high-achieving leader our students and schools need.

1. We are a top choice for Houston families. We are striving to be the school of choice for families across Houston. With a waitlist over 2,000, we are excited to serve more communities as we grow.

2. We are a public school system Redefining Possible. For students in low-income and underserved communities, YES Prep is committed to providing access to academic and social opportunities that otherwise would not exist.

3. We have 17 campuses, serve over 10K students, and have 4 partnership schools with surrounding ISDs that are transforming Houston and challenging what it means to educate All students.

4. We are mission driven.  YES Prep Public schools will increase the number of students from underserved communities who graduate from college prepared to lead. We believe in every child.

5. We believe people are the source of our strength. We are committed to attracting and retaining exceptional talent through unparalleled professional growth opportunities.

6. We embrace and protect diversity to advance equity and social justice.

7. We have an in-house teacher development program. Teaching Excellence is one of the premiere teacher development programs in the country, ensuring all teachers new to YES Prep receive transformational support.

8. We reward sustained excellence. We believe teachers are professionals and that as teachers build their skills in the classroom, their salary should reflect that progress. The YES Prep Teacher Continuum exists to reward sustained excellence over time.

9. We have many leadership opportunities. Leading Excellence is our leadership development program for emerging leaders.  At YES Prep there are many opportunities for leadership in the classroom and beyond. We are committed to developing our teachers as leaders in their classrooms, on their campuses, or across the system. You don’t have to leave the classroom to be a leader.

10. We have been recognized for being the “Most Outstanding Charter School in the Nation” by the Broad Foundation (2012) and we are looking for the most outstanding talent to join our mission today!

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    I applied online and the entire process took about a month more or less. I submitted my application online, moved on to the online interview (situational questions) and it allowed to retry. After that I was notified within the next day or two that I was to do a finalist interview and present a lesson plan. Very nerve wrecking. I had 6 individuals observing me as I did my lesson plan and I later met with them in a room where they interviewed me together. I was allowed 15 minutes in between to think on a strength and weakness and what I would do to fix it. It was an intense interview for me. I was called 20 minutes after the interview and I was offered the job.

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YES Prep Public Schools Awards & Accolades

  • Best Place to Work (Large Company), Houston Business Journal, 2013
  • Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, The Broad Foundation, 2012
  • National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education, 2012
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