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 intended as champions for education innovation. Charter schools are free from some of the regulations and red tape of traditional public schools.
While we are a public school, some of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools do not apply to us. We do not have contracts for teachers, we are not required to provide duty free lunches to our teachers, and we can set our own academic calendar and hours of operation, providing more learning time for our students and subject to the Texas Education Agency.
In Texas, charter schools receive state funding, but must raise funds privately to account for resources not funded by the government.
Along with this freedom comes a heightened sense of expectations for our staff and our students. Our mission is only possible if we hold ourselves, each other, and each of our students to the highest standards of performance and behavior.