YES Prep Public Schools is a public charter school system in Houston, TX that helps graduates earn college degrees at four times the rate of their peers. YES Prep Public Schools are open and tuition-free to all children with no special requirements for admittance, providing special education, English language learning and all public school services. Although YES Prep does not have any admission exams or interviews to admit students, we are required to use a lottery process to select students at random when there are more admission requests than available seats.

As the highest performing public school system in Houston, all of YES Prep’s eligible schools are ranked in the top 10 percent in Texas and nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Despite most students entering YES Prep Public Schools performing below grade level, YES Prep educators have, for more than 20 years, increased the number of students from underserved communities who graduate from college prepared to lead.


How to Apply

The 2020-2021 lottery application for YES Prep opens November 1, 2019 and closes February 10, 2020. To submit an application, go to http://yesprep.schoolmint.net.

To enter the YES Prep Public Schools lottery process, create an account and submit a YES Prep Public Schools application online. Parents or legal guardians can complete the online application on their own, or by visiting a YES Prep campus to use a campus-based computer if needed. 

Click here for a complete list of our schools.

Enrollment for YES Prep Northbrook Middle School & High School

Please note that YES Prep Northbrook Middle School and YES Prep Northbrook High School, our schools in partnership with Spring Branch Independent School District, run a separate lottery. To apply online for YES Prep Northbrook campuses, click here.

Lottery Priorities and Timeline

YES Prep prioritizes the lottery for each school in the following ways:

  1. Children of eligible YES Prep employees
  2. Current YES Prep students with an approved transfer request 
  3. Eligible sibling applicants (siblings who share at least one biological parent or one legal guardian with a current YES Prep student, and who do not have an active YES Prep expulsion on their school record) 
  4. Children of eligible YES Prep vendors
  5. Applicants who reside in the priority zone for the YES Prep campus they're applying to
  6. Applicants who reside outside the priority zone for the YES Prep campus they're applying to but within the YES Prep district zone
  7. Applicants who reside outside the YES Prep district zone

The lottery occurs on February 20, 2020 and families can check their student's status online on February 28, 2020. 

If your child is not selected in the lottery process, they will be placed on a waitlist that follows the prioritization order stated above. If and when seats become available at a campus where you have applied, the campus will notify families of available seats in the order of the waitlist . 

If your child does receive acceptance to a YES Prep campus, and you would like to transfer them to a different YES Prep campus, contact the campus where you were accepted. Transfer approval is based on seat availability at the campus you are hoping to move your child to.

If you miss the deadline to participate in the lottery, feel free to submit an application. You will be automatically placed on our waitlist and be contacted if a seat becomes available.

Read our full admissions policy here.