Hundreds of East End students, teachers and staff have a new school building to call home.
YES Prep East End Secondary, who has for the past 15 years provided a high-quality, college-prep education to children in Houston’s East End neighborhood, moved into their newly built campus at 8401 Lawndale St. on Wed., Oct. 20.
“The new building opens a new chapter for East End and way more opportunities for us,” YES Prep East End Student Council President Sarahy Ceja said.
The campus now will house middle and high school students under the same roof and includes a new gym, science and technology laboratories, art and music rooms, and a community park.
“I’m excited about the new gym,” freshman Israel Ortiz said. “And we get to have home games.”
Alumna and current staff member shares about the journey
As an East End alumna and current staff member, this was a unique experience for Mariana Salazar, who now serves as the Dean of Students. “The reason I decided to come back to East End was because of the support I received when I was a student. I was surrounded by so many amazing teachers who supported me through middle and high school. Some teachers even checked in on me during college. Now, I’m back at East End to guide students and be that support system.” Not only is Salazar the first East End alumna to come back as a teacher but she also has two siblings - a freshman and a senior, who currently attend East End.
When asked how she felt to come back to her alma mater, she said, “What I love the most about being back is the relationships I have with the students. Being from the community, I’m able to relate to many of them. I continue to push myself to be better and grow because I want my students to know that one day, they can be leaders too.”
When asked about the new building she said, “I’m so happy and still in disbelief that I have been a part of every single stage of East End’s history."
New YES Prep elementary coming to East End
In August 2022, YES Prep East End Elementary will open at the former East End campus—8329 Lawndale St.—in order to provide the same quality education to area families with younger children.
“We are overjoyed and eager to head into East End’s next phase as we expand to meet the community’s demand for the highest quality education,” YES Prep Public Schools CEO Mark DiBella said.
Families interested in enrolling their students can learn more about YES Prep’s lottery opening October 29 at yesprep.org/sayYES.