School Day & Year - As a public school system, YES Prep is held to the same academic standards as independent school districts (ISDs). The TEA requires 75,600 minutes of instruction per school year with one school day defined as 420 minutes. All districts - charter and ISD - can develop the calendar that best meets the needs of their students and families so long as the minimum number of instructional minutes is satisfied annually. A YES Prep day typically runs from 8:00am-4:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and 8:00am-1:45pm on Wednesdays. YES Prep Gulfton and East End do not have early dismissal on Wednesday, and partnership campuses (Eisenhower, Hoffman, Northbrook Middle, and Northbrook High) follow their partnership districts' schedules. YES Prep has more instructional minutes per year than many local ISDs to ensure ample time to prepare our students for success in college.
Transportation – YES Prep provides free bus transportation for all students who live within their school’s zone. Students who do not reside within the priority zone may enroll and provide their own transportation.
Campus Facilities - Our charter with the state allows YES Prep to serve students in grades 6 – 12 . Limited facilities funding means that we have to maximize the use of our school buildings. By operating middle and high schools together, we are able to be more efficient with staff and facilities. In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed HB 21, which will provide charter schools in Texas with some facilities funding for the first time. Although this funding is helpful, we will have to continue prioritizing maintenance on some school buildings while deferring maintenance on others. Additionally, we will continue to advocate for equitable school facilities funding and to fundraise to help bridge the current gap in our funding.
Communication – Teachers at YES Prep value parent involvement and communicate with parents frequently by phone, email, or through conferences. Campuses also communicate with families regularly through weekly Parent Notes and progress reports.
School Uniforms – Each YES Prep campus has specific uniform shirts that are available for purchase on the campuses. Khaki pants, shorts or skirts are typically worn with the campus uniform shirt.
Summer School – All new students are required to attend a New Student Orientation on August 13-15, 2018 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Orientation will help new students acclimate to YES Prep's culture and systems. Click here to see the YES Prep District Calendar.