What if your child only had a 10% chance of earning a college degree?

Redefine Possible

YES Prep Public Schools is creating a new reality. You can help.

Houston's Reality

The cost of failing schools affects us all.


Out of the 100 largest cities in America, Houston ranks 94th in producing a workforce that matches the needs of our knowledge economy.


By 2018, 56% of new jobs will require some type of college degree – a figure that has more than doubled in the past two decades.


Only 2 out of 10 students in Houston will earn a college degree. That number drops to 1 out of 10 in low-income communities.

When students are not ready for college or the workforce, it creates a cycle of unemployment, poverty, and lack of opportunity in our city.

Our Solution

Yes Prep Is Redefining the Future of Houston.

YES Prep students earn college degrees at a rate 5 times the Texas average.

100% of YES Prep graduates are accepted into a 4-year college and 97% matriculate. 

80% of YES Prep's college graduates come back to Houston to live and work. 

YES Prep graduates are projected to add more than $1 billion in GDP value to the Houston economy. 

When a community has more college graduates, we all benefit. 

Our Vision

Houston will show the nation what is possible.

Our Mission:

Prepare students from underserved communities to earn college degrees.

Our Track

Since 1998, YES Prep has grown from an entrepreneurial start-up to a proven national leader. We have delivered consistently excellent results, and our graduates are now leaders in their communities.

Our Vision:

Create a city where every child has access to a high-performing public school.


We are changing the trajectory of our students’ lives, and the trajectory of our city. YES Prep will soon be the size of a traditional school district—proving that excellence is possible at scale.

Our Goals

Now is the time to scale success.

With your support, we can achieve the following outcomes:


Build 6,000 new YES Prep seats.

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Your gift will build new, permanent YES Prep seats. Unlike a traditional public school, YES Prep must privately finance its school facilities. Building a new seat gives hope to a family on our waiting list today, and creates life-changing opportunities for generations of students to come.


Lead the nation in college graduation rates.

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Your gift will support the vital work that happens in our classrooms. Every YES Prep campus has a need for "start-up" funds. Within 4 to 5 years, each campus becomes sustainable without any ongoing need for philanthropic support. By supporting campus operations, you help create thousands of new college graduates for Houston – 90% of whom are first-generation college bound.


Drive visionary change for all of public education.

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Your gift will change the trajectory of our city. By developing innovative practices that other public schools adopt, we are raising the bar for what is possible for every public school in Houston. Your gift can support priority initiatives in areas such as teacher training, college persistence, leadership development, and the effective use of technology.