YES Prep's College Initiatives team attended a summer institute called Grit + Imagination, An Educator's Summit. The Walton Family Foundation highlighted YES Prep's Senior Director of College Initiatives, Rhiannon Carabajal Killian, in its article about the event. “Grades or test scores will increase when students practice character skills that are rooted in science,” she explained. To read the article, click here.
The LA Times interviewed YES Prep alumna, Victoria Perez, about her experiences as a first-generation college student at USC, where she is studying film. "You hold such weight because you’re not just smart, you have to be smart for your whole family, your whole community,” she said. Read the article here.
The Houston Chronicle spotlights YES Prep in its article about converting nontraditional spaces into schools. YES Prep's White Oak campus used to be a Kroger store. YES Prep has also established schools in office buildings, retail centers, a church, and a delivery warehouse. Because every building is different, "we've got to be a little bit more flexible" with the design, said Keith Weaver, YES Prep's Managing Director for Operations. Read the article here.
CEO Mark DiBella casts off the "no excuses" charter credo and instead focuses on the "limitless potential" of all students in an interview with The 74.
HOUSTON, Texas (May 18, 2016) – This morning, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced that YES Prep Public Schools is one of three finalists for the prestigious Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Texas’s IDEA Public Schools and New York City’s Success Academy were also named finalists.
For the third year in a row, YES Prep was listed among America's Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post. This year, six YES Prep campuses were ranked according to The Washington Post's Challenge Index, a formula which divides the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in the previous calendar year by the number of students who graduate. In other words, the index highlights YES Prep's rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum.
Five of our qualifying high schools earned gold medals from the U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best High Schools list.