|By PR Newswire||
|September 4, 2013 02:59 PM EDT||
HOUSTON, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- YES Prep, a nationally recognized system of high performing public schools, today announced its plans to open 16 additional 6-12 schools by 2020, including their first public school campuses outside of Houston. In 2015, the organization will open YES Prep Memphis; in 2017 YES Prep will expand into the state of Louisiana with plans to open schools in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
In addition, YES Prep is expanding its 15-year commitment to Houston by opening six additional schools over the next seven years growing the Houston system to serve more than 17,000 students.
"With more than 1200 of YES Prep alumni currently attending college or in careers, we are a proof point for what is possible in public education," said Jason Bernal, President of YES Prep Public Schools. "By expanding upon what we know works both here in Houston and other high need school districts, we have the opportunity to help many more low income children achieve the American dream. We chose Memphis and New Orleans as our first new cities outside Houston because they have a demonstrated need for more high quality options and countless families who are demanding them."
"I am personally very excited to know that YES Prep will be joining the ASD's efforts to enhance opportunities and outcomes for students in Memphis," said Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee. "YES Prep has an incredible track record of graduating students, and seeing those graduates go on to college. For over fifteen years they have brightened futures for thousands of low income, minority children in Houston. Importantly, they could have chosen to locate in a lot of cities that wanted them to lead schools—and we're thrilled they chose Memphis!"
"I am proud to be a supporter of YES Prep Public Schools and its expansion. YES Prep Public Schools are closing the achievement gap," said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. "They are raising the bar of what is possible – and what should be expected – in public education. YES Prep Public Schools are shattering expectations and breaking through long-standing barriers that have prevented large numbers of students from underserved communities from achieving educational success. YES Prep Public Schools are designed to boost student achievement and YES Prep Public Schools offer parents another public school option. The expansion of YES Prep Public Schools in Houston is indicative of what is happening across our country. The expansion of YES Prep Public Schools illustrates that charter school enrollment growth remains strong. And with approximately 420,000 more students across the country hoping for an additional seat in a charter school, I expect the expansion of YES Prep Public Schools to continue to rise in the coming years."
"Baton Rouge community leaders have issued a clear demand for excellent schools and worked hard to create an environment where education entrepreneurs could thrive," said Chris Meyer, CEO and founder, New Schools for Baton Rouge. "YES Prep is one of the strongest school networks in the country and we are thrilled that it and its clear and life changing impact for students and families in the Houston area will be a lead partner in the Louisiana story to prove it doesn't take a hurricane to transform a city or state's most struggling schools into excellent ones."
Consistently ranked in the top 100 schools in the country by Newsweek and U.S. News and Report, YES Prep provides academic, social and emotional support to students from the day they enter sixth grade until they graduate from college. They maintain a culture of excellence by training and supporting highly effective leaders and teachers including their much-lauded Teaching Excellence program. YES Prep in 2012, won the inaugural Broad Prize for Charter Schools. Currently, 72 percent of YES Prep grads are attending college or have graduated and the majority has returned to Houston to start their careers.
This year, YES Prep opened two new campuses in Houston, both lead by YES alumni.
SOURCE YES Prep Public Schools