A: Yes. YES Prep Public Schools are open to all students, providing transportation, special education, English language learning and all public school services. Our teachers and staff are entrusted by families to provide special education services and any support that a student may need on their path to college or the career of their choice.
After students accept a lottery seat at a YES Prep campus, they submit important information via our New Student Questionnaire. That survey includes questions that allow us to identify students who have received or may need special education services. We check state records to collect student program data in order to make appropriate placement decisions, and we have robust efforts to help ensure that students who should have been identified earlier in their academic career are identified when they arrive at YES Prep and are given the supports that they need to be successful.
When families register students over the summer, we have a special education representative present at each of our campuses to discuss the program, answer questions, and collect any paperwork for incoming students.
Our student handbook, which is given to all families, includes information about special education; and we present specific information to families of students who are in the Response to Intervention (RTI) process, the 504 process, and in the special education evaluation process.
Parents are urged to request an evaluation at any time if they believe that their child needs special education or other support services.
Building on our commitment to help every student stay on a college-ready pathway, YES Prep strictly adheres to all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and our teachers and staff embrace an inclusive approach to special education with instructional rigor, high expectations and caring support systems for all students.
Read more about our Special Education services.