YES Prep Public Schools

The Resident Principal  application is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen later this year for the 2025-2026 school year. 


What is the Principal Pathway residency program?

The Principal Pathway residency program exists to build a bench of high-performing, authentic leaders who serve to fulfill the YES Prep mission and vision as a potential Principal, for both elementary and secondary schools. The residency is a 1-2 year paid position that offers individualized development and coaching under the guidance of a campus Lead Principal and the Leadership Development team. 

Residents are developed through a cohort model that focuses on connecting data, relationships, ideas, and people. They implement campus vision through management of the leadership team in partnership with the Lead Principal at their assigned campus. 

Residents learn by doing and creating a portfolio of resources that can be used once promoted into the Principal role. Additionally, the resident cohort participates in a deep study of literature on equity, leadership, and instruction throughout the residency that grounds them in the work they do to ensure we increase student achievement.

Residents have an abundance of professional learning activities including a summer induction, midyear intersession, frequent coaching sessions, site visits, and experiential learning opportunities.

Meet the 2023-2024 Lead Principals & Resident Principals

Read the biographies of each of our lead principals and resident principals participating in this year's program.

Principal Testimonials

It allowed me time to focus on areas of growth as a leader. The coaching experience throughout the residency has been fundamental to how I coach and develop my current team.

- Cintia Arenas,
Principal of YES Prep Gulfton Secondary
(Resident Principal 2019-2020)

Know why you lead and how you will lead. These two critical actions are part of the program and you are worked with intensely to ensure you can name those things unapologetically in the pursuit of equity for our students and staff.
- Tony Castillo,
Head of Schools 
(Resident Principal 2018-2019) 

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