YES Prep Public Schools is a tuition-free public charter school system in Houston, TX. YES Prep Public Schools does not have any admission exams or interviews to admit students, nor does YES Prep register students like traditional public schools.

YES Prep, along with four other public charter school networks, will now offer a common application timeline. The 2017-2018 lottery opens November 1 and closes February 10. For more information about the common application timeline, and to submit an application to more than one charter school, visit

To enter the YES Prep Public Schools lottery process, create an account and submit a YES Prep Public Schools lottery application online. Parents or legal guardians can complete the online application on their own, or by visiting a YES Prep campus to use a campus-based computer if needed.

YES Prep prioritizes the lottery for each school in the following ways:

  1. Children of eligible YES Prep employees. 
  2. Eligible sibling applicants (siblings who share at least one biological parent or one legal guardian with a current YES Prep student, and who do not have a YES Prep expulsion on their school record). 
  3. Applicants who reside in one of the primary zones for YES Prep Public Schools.
  4. Applicants who reside outside a primary zone.

The lottery will occur on February 17, 2017 and families will be able to check their student's status online on that date. Letters will be mailed February 24, 2017.

If your child is not selected in the lottery process, they will be placed on a waitlist that follows the prioritization order stated above. If and when seats become available at your child’s primary campus, the campus will contact families in the ordered sequence from the waitlist pool. If your child is next on the waitlist, you will receive notification to offer your child the available seat. Secondary zone applicants are considered eligible for admission to YES Prep, after we have depleted all primary zone applicants.

If your child does receive acceptance to a YES Prep campus, and you would like to transfer them to a different YES Prep campus, you can submit a request to the Operations Manager of the campus they were originally accepted into to assess for transfer possibility. Transfer approval is based on seat availability at the campus you are hoping to move your child to.

If you miss the deadline, feel free to submit an application. You will be placed on our waitlist and be contacted if a seat becomes available.

Please note that YES Prep Northbrook MS and YES Prep Northbrook HS, our schools in partnership with Spring Branch Independent School District, run a separate lottery. To apply online for YES Prep Northbrook campuses, click here.

Click here to apply to all other campuses now.
Click here to read our full admissions policy.


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