YES Prep Thrive, the first Charter Disciplinary Alternative Education Program in Texas, was founded in 2018.
THRIVE is a short-term flexible academic program that flips that narrative of a traditional alternative school on its head. At YES Prep Public Schools, we believe that even when students make mistakes, they still deserve an equitable and high quality education that is both rigorous and responsive to a student’s holistic needs. By giving students additional learning opportunities, we are ensuring that we are fulfilling YES Prep's mission of supporting ALL students.
Founded In: 2018
Grades Served: 6-12
Mission: At YES Prep Thrive, we believe in serving ALL students. We build a safe learning environment through trusting relationships, humility, grace and space to grow. We strive to individually push students academically and socially so that they continue their journey to confidently become their highest selves and are prepared to navigate and succeed at YES Prep and in the competitive world beyond.
Vision: Every YES Prep student, regardless of social gap or mistake, will continue to have access to a public school that delivers an exceptional, college-ready education while receiving the socio-emotional support that they deserve.
About YES Prep Public Schools, Inc.
Since 1995, YES Prep Public Schools has redefined what is possible in public education. 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.
Our Charter School Status
Charter schools are public schools! They are designed as complements to traditional ISDs. Charters exist to serve students that, for whatever reason, aren’t thriving in a one-size-fits-all traditional public school. Charters are free and open to all, offering every child an opportunity for a great education. Charters are given the flexibility to take creative approaches to teaching students in the way that works best for them. In exchange for that extra flexibility, charters are subject to increased accountability and transparency standards. For example, charters that receive a failing grade from the state for three years straight are shut down—no appeals allowed. This ensures that only the highest quality public charters can exist in Texas. YES Prep is a nonprofit organization. In fact, for-profit charter schools are illegal in Texas. That means that Texas charters are funded through community support and state funds. They receive no local taxpayer dollars. Every student deserves the chance to get a public education at a school that puts their needs first, regardless of zip code, income or ability level. By delivering for students from diverse backgrounds and teaching them how they learn best, public charter schools are preparing the workforce of tomorrow and the future of Texas.