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YES Houston

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THE STORY:

MISSION
YES Prep Public Schools exists to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace and committed to improving disadvantaged communities.

YES PREP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
YES Prep Public Schools is a free, open-enrollment public school system that serves 3,500 students across seven schools in the Houston area. YES Prep has been ranked as among the top 100 public high schools in the nation by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. Every year, 100 percent of YES Prep’s graduating seniors have been accepted into four-year colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Rice and Stanford. YES Prep combines a highly successful 6th-12th grade model along with high standards for student achievement.

YES PREP STUDENTS

* 90% of YES Prep students are first-generation college bound
* 80% of YES Prep students are economically disadvantaged
* 95% of YES Prep students are Hispanic or African American
* Most students enter YES Prep at least one grade level behind in Math and English

STANDARDS FOR SUCCESS

* Parents, students and teachers sign a contract that states they will do Whatever It Takes to succeed at YES Prep
* "YES” stands for Youth Engaged in Service and students dedicate one Saturday each month to community service projects
* Teachers have school-sponsored cell phones for students to contact them during the evenings and weekends with questions
* YES mandates that students participate in longer school days, college research trips, summer school and summer opportunities

YES PREP CORE VALUES

* Achieve excellent results through continuous improvement
* Attract and develop high-caliber people as the source of our strength
* Build and maintain positive relationships
* Create opportunities that would otherwise not exist
* Achieve social justice

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