YES Prep Public Schools
YES Prep Public Schools

Eleven YES Prep high schools have ranked in the top 11% best high schools in the country per the latest U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 list of the Best High Schools. Of these, 10 campuses have ranked in the top 10% nationally, with three landing among the top 3% in the country. These outstanding rankings, both at the national and local levels, highlight the exceptional educational opportunities that YES Prep Public Schools offers to its students. This year’s Best High Schools rankings include almost 18,000 public high schools nationwide, of which 1,532 high schools are in Texas and 309 schools are in Houston.

The full list of YES Prep high schools and their rankings in Texas are as follows:  

  • YES Prep Southwest Secondary: #37 in Texas; #8 in Houston  
  • YES Prep Southeast Secondary: #54 in Texas Rankings; #14 in Houston 
  • YES Prep East End Secondary: #64 in Texas; #17 in Houston 
  • YES Prep North Central Secondary: #82 in Texas; #22 in Houston 
  • YES Prep North Forest Secondary: #93 in Texas; #24 in Houston 
  • YES Prep West Secondary: #95 in Texas; #25 in Houston 
  • YES Prep Fifth Ward Secondary: #113 in Texas; #32 in Houston 
  • YES Prep Brays Oaks Secondary: #120 in Texas; #36 in Houston 
  • YES Prep Gulfton Secondary: #160 in Texas; #47 in Houston 
  • YES Prep White Oak Secondary: #193 in Texas; #60 in Houston 
  • YES Prep Northside Secondary: #209 in Texas; #66 in Houston 

We are also proud to announce several favorable city-wide and state rankings we achieved through this report.  

An impressive 7 campuses are in the top 10% of Houston metro area rankings, highlighting the significant impact we are making in our local community. 

Additionally, 9 campuses are in the top 10% of Texas rankings, underscoring our strong presence across the state. Four of our campuses have improved their state rankings from 2022 (Southwest, East End, North Forest, Gulfton).   

These rankings demonstrate that YES Prep is committed to providing its students with a quality education and preparing them for college success. Each school offers a unique set of classes and extracurricular activities. YES Prep has something for everyone.  

We recognize these achievements would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of our teachers, administrators and staff members, and our students. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! We are proud to be part of celebrating your success and look forward to continuing to equip future students to live lives of opportunity! 

For more information about YES Prep and the myriad of opportunities we offer our students, please explore our website.  

For a full list of rankings from U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings, click here.  

*Please note, while YES Prep Southside Secondary is eligible, they are unranked due to lagging graduation data available in time for these rankings. 

About U.S. News Best High School Rankings 

U.S. News & World Report conducts its high school rankings based on a comprehensive methodology that takes into account multiple key principles. These principles include college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates. The evaluation process employs data from various sources, including statewide assessments, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test data, and graduation rates to ensure a balanced and unbiased ranking. This rigorous evaluation method allows U.S. News & World Report to accurately identify high-performing schools and spotlight their significant achievements. 

The highest-ranked U.S. public schools in the U.S. News & World Report's 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings are those where students have surpassed expectations in state assessments for math, reading, and science, earned qualifying scores on a variety of college-level exams, and graduated in large numbers. These rankings, developed in partnership with RTI International, a North Carolina-based global nonprofit social science research firm, evaluated approximately 17,680 public high schools out of nearly 25,000 reviewed. The methodology involved aggregating the weighted scores across six indicators of school quality to compute a single score between zero to 100 that reflects the school's performance across these metrics on a national percentile basis.  

The transparency of the ranking process is maintained by elucidating how each public school performed on each ranking factor, both nationally and within the state. Rankings were assigned in descending order based on these overall scores. The ranking system is designed to be inclusive, and even schools with smaller enrollments or those without a 12th grade are considered, although they may be displayed as unranked due to the nature of publicly available data. 

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings, please visit

About YES Prep Public Schools 

With over 18,000 college-bound students across 20+ campuses, we are a system of high-performing public charter schools proving that students from underserved communities can achieve at the highest academic levels. Our exceptional results demonstrate that better outcomes are not only possible but also probable when school systems build a culture of high expectations and create effective support systems to ensure that student achievement is at the forefront of every decision made.  

YES Prep Public Schools currently has 19 secondary schools and 6 elementary schools across greater Houston, with plans to add three more elementary schools—Hobby Elementary, North Rankin Elementary, and Southwest Oaks Elementary—in August 2024. If you would like to learn more about enrolling your child in one of our YES Prep elementary or secondary schools, please click here

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