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Schools That Work| Case Study

Yes Prep North Central

Grades 6-12 | Houston, TX

College-Bound Culture in Houston

Educators at YES Prep are on a mission with far-reaching goals. They want to prepare kids, many of them from disadvantaged families with few, if any, high school graduates, to attend college.
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What This School Is Achieving

OUTCOMES

Project learning, integrated studies, and comprehensive assessment support the school's drive to achieve high academic standards. YES Prep considers critical thinking is a key skill for college readiness, and every person there is working towards getting every student into college.

YES Prep North Central is ranked 4th within Texas.

The Advanced Placement participation rate at YES Prep North Central is 100%.

How They Do It

Extended-Day Learning = Quality Time for Students

Houston's charter school, YES Prep North Central, uses extra hours to prepare kids for college.

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10 Takeaway Tips for a College-Bound School Culture

Bold ideas from YES Prep North Central, a successful Houston charter school.

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On a Mission to Send Every Student to College

Enroll students from working-class homes in a school with extraordinary teachers and administrators. Give them all a mission that will transform their lives. Then discover the astonishing success of Houston's Yes Prep North Central.

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Resources and Lesson Plans for a College-bound Culture

The school shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school.

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College-Bound Culture at a Texas School

YES Prep's Blueprint for Success

YES Prep North Central, serving grades 6-12 in Houston, does whatever it takes to prepare students for college success.

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YES Prep: Mark DiBella on How to Lead a Change

Mark DiBella on How to Lead a Change

YES Prep's school director discusses how to create a positive environment for everyone in the school community.

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YES Prep: A Commitment to Academic Rigor

Academic Rigor that Prepares Students for College

Project learning, integrated studies, and comprehensive assessment support a drive to achieve high academic standards.

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YES Prep Cultivates Parent Engagement

Cultivating Parent Engagement

A focus on family involvement is one reason for student success in the rigorous college-prep environment at YES Prep North Central in Houston, Texas.

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YES Prep: College-Bound Culture

How YES Prep Prepares Students for College and Beyond

A focus on college preparation for all students helps get them to four-year schools.

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YES Prep Makes Learning Relevant

YES Prep Makes Learning Relevant

Ninth-grade English teacher Rachael Arthur makes Shakespeare come to life for her students.

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