YES Prep Public Schools
Jonathan Brown

Continuing our commitment to providing a college-ready education to every child in Houston, we broke ground on our next three elementary schools.   

Set to open in August 2024, YES Prep Southwest Oaks Elementary, YES Prep North Rankin Elementary and YES Prep Hobby Elementary will welcome students in pre-kindergarten through second grade, adding grade levels each year to include third, fourth and fifth grades.   

Groundbreaking a record three new schools in the same week, below are highlights of each of the events. 

YES Prep Southwest Oaks Elementary    

Our first groundbreaking took place on July 26. It was a momentous occasion as Southwest Oaks Elementary held its groundbreaking ceremony, featuring inspiring speeches from board member Melanie Trent, principal Ibia Faucher, community leader Reggie Lewis, and representatives from the YES Prep family, Benita Villa and Efrain Student Counsel. 

Click here to watch the full live stream of the SWOE groundbreaking ceremony.


YES Prep North Rankin Elementary     

The spirit of collaboration and community was celebrated at the North Rankin Elementary groundbreaking ceremony on July 27, with guest speakers including board members Eric Calderon and Andrea Link, principal Stephanee Dorsey, and community leader Staci Childs. 

Click here to watch the full live stream of the NRE groundbreaking ceremony.


YES Prep Hobby Elementary   

The groundbreaking ceremony for Hobby Elementary on July 28 was filled with excitement and promise, highlighted by speeches from CEO Mark DiBella, Representative Jolanda Jones, board member Luly Castillo, and the enthusiastic presence of the YES Prep Hobby family, represented by Annette Toyama. 

Click here to watch the full live stream of the Hobby groundbreaking ceremony.

As the dust settles from our momentous Groundbreaking Ceremony, the excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead are palpable. The event brought together our vibrant community, uniting us in our shared vision of creating a legacy that empowers our neighborhoods and transforms lives.  

The journey toward the opening of our elementary schools in 2024 has only just begun, and we invite you to join us every step of the way. To learn more about our vision, progress, and the incredible opportunities that await our students, we encourage you to visit our elementary school landing page. There, you'll find a wealth of information, updates, and ways to get involved. 


Area families interested in enrolling their children in one of the three new schools are invited to submit an enrollment interest form. The 2024-2025 new student lottery opens this fall.   


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