Frequently Asked Questions

Use the links below to navigate our FAQ categories.
I. Applying to YES Prep and the Interview Process
II. Teacher Certification and Professional Development Opportunities
III. Compensation and Benefits


I. Applying to YES Prep and the Interview Process

What is a Public Charter School and how is it different than a traditional public school in Texas?
From the Texas Charter Schools Association: "Public charter schools were authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to provide more choice and options in public education. Charters must adhere to the same state academic and financial accountability standards as all other public schools, but are granted some flexibility in staffing and instruction. In the state of Texas, charter schools operate under and receive academic accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency. Both charter and traditional public school students in Texas take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) tests." 

Should I apply for multiple positions in order to increase my chances of being hired? 
Our Talent Acquisition Team reviews all instructional applications, and ask that you submit only one application. On the application, you have the opportunity to list any and all subjects you are interested in and qualified to teach. As such, please only apply to your most highly preferred position. 

Which position/subject area am I being considered for?
YES Prep determines which positions you are being considered for by reviewing the subject areas you listed on the application and your geographic preferences. We do our best to match candidates to campuses that have positions open in the content area(s) they are most interested in and at a preferred campus or region. To learn more about qualifications for specific content areas, please visit this page. If your status indicates that you have been sent to a campus, the hiring team will review your application, and contact you directly with information on the position they are considering you for.

Why am I only being considered for one position at a time?
At YES Prep, our campuses do not compete for talent. To maintain strong relationships and consistent processes across our campuses, candidates are typically only considered for one position and one campus at a time.

Why wasn’t I selected to move forward after submitting my application?
At YES Prep, the application is a very important piece of the interview and selection process. Each application is read in its entirety by staff members and closely evaluated for position fit. Applications that do not meet the required criteria are not moved forward.

What does it mean that my application has been placed on file?
Applications are placed on file when we do not have a current position open that fits your qualifications. We will continue to consider your candidacy as positions become available. The Talent Acquisition team routinely revisits applications that are placed on file for consideration across the system. If your application is re-visited and moved forward, you will receive communication from the Talent Acquisition team via email or phone before we send your file to a campus.

Why are there three steps to the YES Prep hiring process?
Each year, we get over 1,500 applications for our posted positions.  For the past few years, we’ve only hired approximately 17% of applicants for our instructional roles, since it’s very competitive. The multi-step process allows us to learn about each applicant's strengths and qualifications in order to evaluate candidates holistically. We also believe it is a great opportunity for you to learn more about YES Prep and determine if the role is a good fit for you.

How long does the interview process take or what is the interview timeline?
Every application submitted to YES Prep is read in its entirety by a YES Prep team member. Candidates who move forward will receive instructions for completing a one-way video interview. All video submissions are also evaluated by the Talent Acquisition team. Candidates who are successful at the video interview stage will be invited to the final step in the interview process: the Finalist Day. We strive to ensure that the hiring process is as quick as possible and are committed to sending application updates regularly. Typically, the process from application to video interview takes one week. This, of course, depends on how quickly the candidate completes the video interview.

What should I expect of the video interview or how should I prepare for the video interview?
There is nothing you need to prepare for the video interview. If you are interviewing for an instructional position, you will be asked to think about your role as a teacher and answer questions according to your beliefs about education and students. If you are interviewing for a non-instructional role, the video interview will cover some of your past academic and professional experiences in order to get a better picture of your interest and qualifications for the position. You should treat the video interview as you would any other interview including business or business casual dress. 
 
How long does it typically take to hear back from a representative after completing the video interview portion?
It should take no longer than two weeks to hear back from a representative post completing your video interview.

Who will be the one to contact me after completing my video interview?
You will be notified via email from our system that your video interview has been received. If you are moving forward, you will receive a notification via email about your next steps in the process from a school director or other campus representative. 

What should I expect of the final interview?
The final interview is commonly referred to as a Finalist Day. While they do vary by campus and position, a typical Finalist Day for a teaching position involves a campus visit where you will have the opportunity to plan and teach a sample lesson in the content area for which you are being considered, as well as participate in a reflection and final interview after your sample lesson. If you move forward for a final interview, a campus representative will reach out to you directly with information on an objective to teach as well as resources and instructions on what to prepare and bring to campus. If you are interviewing for a non-instructional role, the hiring manager will reach out to set up the final step of the selection process which is an in-person final interview.  

I don’t live in Houston. How will my final interview work?
Almost half of the employees we hire annually are from out of state. If you are an out of state candidate and you move forward for a final interview, a hiring manager will reach out to you directly to set up an initial time to talk via phone or Skype. From there, you can discuss travel accommodations and plans with the hiring manager. More information on travel arrangements and compensation will be available from the hiring team. Please feel free to inquire during your initial communication.
 
Can I reapply if I am not offered an interview/position?
For non-instructional positions, you may apply to new positions. For teaching positions, your application materials and status will be retained for the full school year. You can begin reapplying when the next school year application opens, which is typically each year in September.

Will YES Prep provide me with feedback if I am not selected for an interview?
YES Prep's selection process has become increasingly competitive each year, and this year is no different. We review all information contained in a candidate's application before making a decision, including education, GPA, previous work experience and essay responses, to determine whether your application matches our rigorous selection criteria.  Given the large volume of candidates who apply for roles at YES Prep, we are unable to provide individualized feedback. 
 
Does YES sponsor H1B and other work visas?
At this time, YES Prep is unable to sponsor visas.

If I am currently under contract with another district, what would it look like for me to make the transition to YES?
Many districts have the ability to sanction your certification if you break contract. The only way to be released from contract early is to secure a position that is considered a promotion or a pay increase. We encourage you to look at openings for future school years in order to honor the commitment to your current school while also looking forward to new opportunities.

May I reach out to YES Prep School Directors directly in order to apply for positions on their campuses?
We only consider applications that have been submitted through our website, www.yesprep.org/careers, and ask that you not reach out to school-based staff regarding employment (they will just direct you back to the careers website, or a member of the YES Prep recruitment team). If you have specific questions about an opening prior to applying, you may reach out to us via email at talent@yesprep.org.

How can I get in touch with a recruiter about working at YES Prep?
We encourage candidates with questions about YES Prep to reach out to our Director of Recruitment, Ana Wolfowicz, via email: ana.wolfowicz@yesprep.org

​II. Teacher Certification and Professional Development Opportunities

How do I enroll in Teaching Excellence?
In order to enroll in Teaching Excellence, you must first gain employment at YES Prep or our partner organizations, KIPP Houston, Spring Branch ISD, and Neighborhood Centers, Inc. You must also meet Teaching Excellence's minimum GPA requirement (2.5), content semester credit hour requirements, and/or pass the PACT exam. For more information, visit Teaching Excellence's website.
 
What time commitment is expected for Teaching Excellence?
Teaching Excellence teachers attend an intensive 2.5 week training program over the summer to be Day One ready. During the school year, they participate in bi-weekly coaching sessions with their instructional coach. They also engage in monthly professional learning opportunities, professional development tailored to the needs of each person through in-person Professional Learning Saturdays and online Professional Learning modules. For more information, visit Teaching Excellence's website.
 
When does Teaching Excellence begin?
Teaching Excellence begins in the summer with an intensive 2.5 week training program. The exact dates for 2017 have not yet been determined.
 
What does Teaching Excellence cost?
Exact cost varies based on year and the teacher's track (ACP or non-ACP). Click here to determine your track. In 2015-2016, TE ACP teachers committed $4,650, automatically deducted through paychecks bi-monthly for 20 pay periods. 2017-2018 costs have not yet been determined. For more information, visit Teaching Excellence's website

What professional development opportunities do you offer to experienced teachers?
Whether you are brand new to teaching, an experienced teacher, or a non-instructional staff member, YES Prep offers consistent development differentiated to your needs. If you are an experienced teacher new to YES Prep, we have a 'New to Blue' program that is designed to help you successfully transition to your new environment and integrate your skills into the YES Prep culture and curriculum. For current staff members-- both in the central office and on campuses-- who are developing their leadership skills, we offer the Leading Excellence program. Find out more about leadership pathways at YES Prep on our website.

III. Compensation and Benefits

Where can I learn more about benefits at YES Prep?
YES Prep offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, discounts for services and a 401k. Learn more about YES Prep's benefits

Does YES Prep participate in TRS? 
Yes, YES Prep participates in TRS.
 
How is teacher salary determined at YES Prep and how can I learn more about my potential starting salary?
Novice teachers start at $48,000 a year. Our Teacher Continuum rewards sustained excellence over time. Based on your performance in the classroom, your salary will increase over time. Learn more about salary and compensation for teachers here.