YES Prep Public Schools

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YES Prep Public Schools
Location
Houston, Texas
United States
District information
TypeState charter
Grades6-12
Established1997
SuperintendentMark DiBella
Schools18
Students and staff
Students12,650
Other information
Founder, former PresidentChris Barbic (SVP)
Websitewww.yesprep.org

YES Prep Public Schools, Inc.[1] is a network of public, open-enrollment charter schools located all throughout Greater Houston. Its headquarters are located at its Southside campus.[2][3] The YES program is a university-preparatory program for grades 6-12.[4]

History[edit]

YES Prep began in 234995 as Project YES. The program was founded at Rusk Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District by Chris Barbic. Since 1998, YES Prep has been operating under a state charter.

As of 2018, YES Prep has opened eighteen schools located around Houston: Bray Oaks, home of the Cavaliers (founded in 2009;6-12th ), East End, home of the Explorers (2006; 6-12th), Eisenhower, home of the Eagles (2016; 9-11th), Fifth Ward, home of the Titans (2011;6-12th), Gulfton, home of the Force (2007;6-12th), Hoffman, home of the Hornets (2013;6-8th), North Central, home of the Trailblazers (2003;6-12th), North Forest, home of the Legends (2010;6-12th), Northbrook Middle, home of the Knights (2012;6-8th), Northbrook High, home of the Raiders (2015;9-12th), Northline, the owner is big dumb dumbhome of the Revolutionaries (2017;6-7th), Northside, home of the Pride (2011;6-12th), Northwest, home of the Hawks (2018;6th),Southeast, home of the Wizards (1998;6-12th), Southside, home of the Giants (2015;6-9th), Southwest, home of the Mavericks (2004;6-12th), we sell West, home of the Marvels (2009;6-12th), and White Oak, home of the Owls (2013;6-11th).[5]

Governance[edit]

Previously the headquarters were in the Greater Sharpstown Management District.[6][7]

District Partnerships[edit]

In 2011, YES Prep partnered with KIPP-Houston Public Schools and Spring Branch ISD, becoming the SKY Partnership. YES Prep Northbrook Middle School began in the 2012-2013 school year with only 6th graders. They added 7th graders in the 2013-2014 school year, and added 8th graders in the 2014-2015 school year. It's co-located with Spring Branch ISD's Northbrook Middle School, which also has 6th through 8th graders. Along with KIPP-Courage, which has 5th through 8th graders, YES Prep Northbrook Middle School feeds into YES Prep Northbrook High School, located within Spring Branch's Northbrook High School, which has 9-12th graders. YES Prep Northbrook High School opened in the 2015-2016 school year with only 9th graders. They added 10th graders in the 2016-2017 school year, added 11th graders in the 2017-2018 school year, and added 12th graders in the 2018-2019 school year. KIPP Courage College Prep opened in the 2012-2013 school year with only 5th graders. They added 6th graders in the 2013-2014 school year, added 7th graders in the 2014-2015 school year, added 8th graders in the 2015-2016 school year. KIPP Courage is located within Spring Branch ISD's Landrum Middle School, which has 6-8th graders . [8][9]

Aldine and YES Prep Partnership

In 2013, YES Prep partnered with Aldine ISD. YES Prep Hoffman Middle School opened in July 2013 with 6th graders. It's located within Aldine ISD's Hoffman Middle School, which has 7th and 8th graders. YES Prep Hoffman students feeds into YES Prep Eisenhower High School, which is located within Aldine's Eisenhower High School, which has 10th through 12th graders. YES Prep Hoffman added 7th graders in the 2014-2015 school year, and added 8th graders in the 2015-2016 school year. YES Prep Eisenhower opened in the 2016-2017 school year with only 9th graders. They added 10th graders in the 2017-2018 school year, added 11th graders in the 2018-2019 school year, and will add 12th graders in the 2019-2020 school year.[10]

Recognition[edit]

As of 2017, all of YES Prep's eligible high schools earned a gold ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Two campuses are ranked in the top 100 in the nation and four are in Texas's top 20.[11][12]

Seven of YES Prep's high schools were named among the nation's most challenging high schools by The Washington Post.[13][14]

In 2010, Oprah Winfrey donated 1 million dollars each to six charter school systems, including YES Prep.[15]

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fulfilled his promise to give up his salary during the government shutdown of 2013 by donating $7,627.40, "equal to 16 days of gross pay," to YES Prep, which "he and Heidi support."[16]

Athletics[edit]

Athletics vary by campus.

  • YES Prep Bray Oaks:
    • Middle school: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, tennis, track & field, soccer, and volleyball
    • High school: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, flag football, tennis, track and field, soccer, softball, and volleyball[17]
  • YES Prep Southwest (these sports vary per gender):
    • Middle school: basketball, cross country, track, soccer, and volleyball
    • High school: basketball, coed competitive cheer, coed dance, cross country, flag football, track, soccer & volleyball[18]
  • YES Prep White Oak (not including 6th grade):
    • Middle school: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, flag football, track & field, soccer, and volleyball[19]
  • YES Prep East End (not including 6th grade):
    • Middle school: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, track & field, and volleyball
    • High school: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, track & field, and volleyball[20]

Records[edit]

  • YES Prep Brays Oaks 2015 varsity flag football East Texas District Champions; East Texas Regional Champions and East Texas State Champion Finalist
  • YES Prep West 2014-15 Junior Varsity State and District champions
  • YES Prep Southeast's men's basketball program were District 25-AA Co-Champions (2010-2011) along with Hitchcock high school.
  • YES Prep Southeast's middle school team placed 2nd in the Championships (2012-2013).
  • In 2014, YES Prep Southeast participated in the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League and won the state championship for boys' cross country team competition while the girls' team also placed second.[21]
  • YES Prep Southeast 2015-2016 varsity volleyball girls' team placed first in the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League state championship.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YES Prep Public Schools
  2. ^ "Contact." YES Prep Public Schools. Retrieved on January 10, 2019. "YES Prep System Offices 5515 South Loop East, Suite B Houston TX, 77033"
  3. ^ "Southside Map and Contact." YES Prep Public Schools. Retrieved on January 10, 2019. "Address: Southside 5515 South Loop E. Ste. A Houston, TX 77033 United States"
  4. ^ "Our Model | YES Prep Public Schools". www.yesprep.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ "YES Prep Public Schools |". Yesprep.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
  6. ^ "Contact Yes." YES Prep Public Schools. Retrieved on March 8, 2010.
  7. ^ "Districts." Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved November 27, 2011. "Mailing Address YES Prep Public Schools 6201 Bonhomme, Suite 168N Houston, TX 77036"
  8. ^ "District Partnerships | YES Prep Public Schools". www.yesprep.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  9. ^ "Sky". cms.springbranchisd.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  10. ^ "District Partnerships | YES Prep Public Schools". www.yesprep.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  11. ^ "Six YES Prep High Schools Take Gold in US News & World Report | YES Prep Public Schools". www.yesprep.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  12. ^ "Search Best High Schools". Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  13. ^ "Washington Post Names YES Prep among Most Challenging High Schools | YES Prep Public Schools". www.yesprep.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  14. ^ "U.S. high school rankings by state — Most challenging schools". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  15. ^ "Oprah Says YES: Winfrey Supports Great Schools. And So Should We." Houston Chronicle 22 September 2010.
  16. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/27/which-lawmakers-donated-money-after-the-government-shutdown-find-out-here/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost/
  17. ^ "Brays Oaks Athletics | YES Prep Public Schools". Yesprep.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
  18. ^ "YES Prep Southwest Athletics". This is the home of swmavs.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
  19. ^ "White Oak Athletics | YES Prep Public Schools". Yesprep.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
  20. ^ East End Athletics
  21. ^ http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/10/yes-prep-se-makes-history-in-cross-country-sweeping-boys-state-titles/

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