At our partnership campuses, YES Prep controls curriculum, staffing, code of conduct, student culture, and non-personnel expenses. The district partner controls school operations like food, facilities, transportation, and student coding.
The district partner is also accountable to the TEA for state assessments, attendance, reporting on special education requirements, maintaining transcripts, and ultimately issues diplomas. YES Prep reports student results to stakeholders including staff, families, grantors, and donors. Because YES Prep is considered a program within the partner district by TEA, our students’ diplomas have a YES Prep seal.
In 2011 Spring Branch ISD, KIPP-Houston, and YES Prep Public Schools formed an innovative, three-way partnership called the SKY Partnership. The purpose of the SKY Partnership is to provide additional excellent choices for students in the Spring Branch ISD area, and to accelerate and support the culture of post-secondary success within Spring Branch. The Gates Foundation rewarded the partnership with the honor of being a Bill and Melinda Gates Compact City for District-Charter Collaboration. Together we are proving the idea that district-charter partnerships can and will enhance the performance of all students.
YES Prep Northbrook Middle School has students in grades 6-8 and KIPP Courage at Landrum MS serves students in grades 5-8. All of these students will have the opportunity to attend YES Prep Northbrook High School, a YES Prep program within Spring Branch’s Northbrook HS. All students have access to the broad range of electives and extra-curricular activities offered by Spring Branch ISD while taking their core academic classes at YES Prep or KIPP Courage. Eric Newcomer is the School Director for YES Prep Northbrook MS and Bryan Reed is the School Director for YES Prep Northbrook HS.
YES Prep Hoffman is our second district-partnership school and is the result of a partnership with Aldine ISD. YES Prep Hoffman serves grades 6-8 and is housed at Hoffman Middle School. YES Prep Hoffman opened in July 2013. YES Prep Eisenhower opened in the fall of 2016 in Eisenhower High School and will grow to serve 9-12. This partnership unites two national Broad Prize winning districts to provide educational excellence to its students. Together, Aldine and YES Prep will create a cooperative environment that is focused on developing a strong culture in the building and sharing best practices between teachers, building leaders, and the organizations.
Learn more about our partnerships:
How Bringing Public and Charter Students Under One Roof Helped Spring Branch ISD, Houston Matters
Houston Public Schools are Primed for Success, Houston Chronicle
In Houston, Traditional Public School Shares Ideas and a Roof with Charter Schools, PBS NewsHour