YES Prep Public Schools

Our History

Recognizing the incredible need for better educational options for his fifth-grade students, Chris Barbic created Project YES in 1995 at Rusk Elementary with a group of dedicated families and teachers. 

Following its success, YES Prep Public Schools was officially founded three years later. Under his leadership, YES Prep grew into an award-winning charter school for system for underserved communities throughout Houston.

District Milestones 

1995

Founder Chris Barbic recognizes the incredible need for better educational options for his fifth-grade students and began Project YES with a group of dedicated families and teachers. 

1998

YES College Prep is awarded a charter from the State of Texas (Inaugural campus is YES Prep Southeast).  

2001

YES College Prep’s first group of 17 seniors graduate, 100% of whom were accepted to a four-year college.  

2003

YES Prep opens its first expansion campus, YES Prep North Central.  

2004

YES Prep opens third campus, YES Prep Southwest. 

2006

YES Prep opens fourth campus, YES Prep East End.  

2007

YES Prep opens fifth campus, YES Prep Gulfton  and is featured for the first time in the top 100 High School in the nation by U.S. News & World Report  

2009

YES Prep opens sixth and seventh campus, YES Prep Brays Oaks and YES Prep West. In 2009, YES Prep also becomes the first charter system with teacher certification capacity in Texas through its Teaching Excellence program . 

2010

YES Prep opens eight campus, YES Prep North Forest. In 2019, the Houston Business Journal names YES Prep one of the top places to work in Houston and YES Prep receives $1 million from the Oprah Winfrey on national television.

2011

YES Prep opens ninth and tenth campus, YES Prep Fifth Ward and YES Prep Northside.  

2012

YES Prep opens its first district-partnership school, Northbrook Middle School, as part of the collaboration with Spring Branch ISD and KIPP Houston. YES Prep Northbrook Middle School becomes YES Prep's eleventh campus. 

2013

YES Prep opens its twelfth and thirteenth campus- YES Prep Hoffman Middle School and YES Prep White Oak. YES Prep Hoffman is YES Prep’s second district-partnership school, as part of a collaboration with Aldine ISD. 

2014

YES Prep is named a Gold Ribbon District by Texas’ Children at Risk organization. 

2015

YES Prep opens fourteenth and fifteenth campus, YES Northbrook High School and YES Prep Southside. YES Prep Northbrook H.S. is the second district-partnership school with Spring Branch ISD. In 2015, YES Prep also achieves its long-standing goal of serving 10,000 Houston students. 

2016

YES Prep opens sixteenth campus and second district-partnership school with Aldine ISD, YES Prep Eisenhower High School. 

2017

YES Prep opens seventeenth campus, YES Prep Northline.  In 2017, YES Prep also celebrates 20 years of Leading Houston Forward.

2018

YES Prep opens eighteenth campus, YES Prep Northwest.  In 2018, YES Prep also opens Thrive, the first Disciplinary Alternative Educational Program run by a public charter system in Texas.  

2019

YES Prep opens nineteenth campus, YES Prep Hobby.