Back to School

WELCOME BACK! BELOW YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION TO GET YOU READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ON MONDAY, AUG. 16, WITH ALL STUDENTS LEARNING ON CAMPUS. 

We are excited to have all of our staff and students back at the Brays Oaks Campus!  Please note that though we can not mandating mask wearing, we strongly encourage everyone that is on campus to wear a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

 

Click here for beginning of year guide!

Message from Principal Selina Hall-Swope

Photo of Principal Selina Hall-Swope

YES Prep Brays Oaks has served students in our community for 12 years. We’ve worked hard to build a culture where all students are held to high and consistent expectations, able to explore extracurricular activities and clubs, and celebrated for their diversity. Due to hard work and a committed teaching staff, we’ve seen strong student achievement growth on STAAR tests, AP exams, and reading fluency over the years. Our students participate in diverse course offerings (Gardening, Digital Media, AP Psychology, and Dance to name a few), have access to 13 AP courses, and lead strong student organizations. Our alumni have matriculated to fine institutions including Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, and Wellesley College. We strive to be a school that students, parents, and community members are proud of, and we invite you to see us in action.

YES Prep Brays Oaks ha servido a estudiantes en nuestra comunidad durante 12 años. Hemos trabajado arduamente para construir una cultura en la que todos los estudiantes cumplan con expectativas altas y consistentes, puedan explorar actividades y clubes extracurriculares, y sean celebrados por su diversidad. Debido al arduo trabajo y un personal docente comprometido, hemos visto un fuerte crecimiento en el rendimiento de los estudiantes en las pruebas STAAR, los exámenes AP y la fluidez en la lectura a lo largo de los años. Nuestros estudiantes participan en diversas ofertas de cursos (jardinería, medios digitales, psicología AP y danza, por nombrar algunos), tienen acceso a 13 cursos AP y lideran organizaciones estudiantiles sólidas. Nuestros alumnos se han matriculado en excelentes instituciones, como la Universidad de Vanderbilt, la Universidad Johns Hopkins, la Universidad de Boston y Wellesley College. Nos esforzamos por ser una escuela de la que los estudiantes, padres y miembros de la comunidad estén orgullosos, y lo invitamos a que nos vea en acción.

 

Welcome To YES 2021

 

Registration 

New Students (Lottery): YES Prep Public Schools is a tuition-free public charter school system in Houston, TX. YES Prep Public Schools does not have any admission exams or interviews to admit students. We are required by law to admit students using a lottery process to select applicants at random when there are more applicants than available seats.  

To learn more about the lottery process and student application, click here

Student Transfers: YES Prep allows current YES Prep students to transfer to a different YES Prep campus as long as approval is granted and space is available at the campus of preference. There are three types of Student Transfers: Sibling Transfers, Address Change Transfers, and Family Support Transfers.  

*For specifics regarding transfers to Partnership Schools (YES Prep Hoffman, YES Prep Eisenhower, YES Prep Northbrook Middle, and YES Prep Northbrook High School) please refer to the guidelines under the Partnership Transfer Requests section in the Student Handbook.  

First Day of School sign

Share your excitement for the first day of school by downloading a First Day of School sign. Show us your pictures by tagging us on social media and using #YESBacktoSchool.

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School Supply List

Click here to see supply lists for all grade levels.

Bus Routes

Click here to see the most up-to-date bus routes.

Uniform Policy

Students will not be required to wear uniforms to school.  Please review our school dress policies below:

Free Dress Criteria

Clothing should meet the following criteria:

  • T-shirts are acceptable, however all clothing and accessories must be school appropriate: YES Prep prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on T-shirts that are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene or that advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance, show gang affiliation, or depict violence in any way.
  •  No tank tops, halter tops, tube tops, net or sheer tops, shirts with spaghetti straps, or strapless tops for any student.
  • No bare midriffs (half shirts) allowed for any student.
  • No open-toed shoes.
  • All pants, shorts, and skirts must meet the criteria established in the “Bottoms” for pants/shorts/skirts (see below)

YES Prep polos will still be available for purchase if a student/family chooses to wear the polo as one of their daily shirt options.

Spirit Shirts

All students should own at least 1 campus spirit shirt and should have more available for families to purchase.

Note: Spirit shirts may also serve as Senior Signing Day shirts and should be offered in approved campus colors.

Bottoms

Students may choose between pants, skirts, or shorts of the following:

  • Khakis (any color)
  • Jeans (any color) without holes, rips, or tears.
  • Joggers (any color, must be jean or khaki material- may not be sweat pant material)
  • Students may not wear leggings, jeggings, athletic or mesh shorts, workout bottoms, or pajama pants.
  • Pants may not have holes.
  • Shorts and skirts should be no shorter than mid-thigh.
  • Bottoms should be worn at the waist.

ID Badges

ID Badges must be worn by all students on lanyards and must be visible at all times.

If your student does not have a Student ID, a new one can be purchased from the front office.  All new students will be issued their first one for free.

Shoes

For safety purposes, all shoes must meet the following criteria:

  • Closed-toed
  • Must have backs (i.e. no slides
  • Must have hard soles (i.e. no slippers)
  • Any color is permitted
  • No shoes with heels over .5 inches

Accessories/Styling

  • Students may have visible piercings and tattoos as long as messaging and images are school-appropriate. Accessory items that are spiked (bracelets, belts, collars) are not permitted due to safety reasons.
  • Students may wear a variety hairstyles and colors. Head shaving designs are permitted as long as images are school-appropriate.
  • Hats and sunglasses are not permitted for safety purposes.
  • Religious head-coverings are permitted.
  • Campuses can permit other head-coverings (i.e. scarves, wave caps) as it may be culturally responsive and affirming. Campuses may choose to not permit bandanas on campus if it impacts the safety of the learning environment.

Outerwear

Students may wear any outerwear as long as it is appropriate. However, students may also have the option of purchasing the following from YES Prep or Athletic Departments to build school-pride and community: Students may choose from the following:

  • YES Prep sweatshirt (purchased through YES Prep)
  • YES Prep cardigan (purchased through YES Prep)
  • Campus athletics department outwear (purchased through campus Athletics Department)
  • Campus-issued grade level or spirit sweatshirts etc. (purchased through campus as applicable)

*Note: Students may not wear hoods that cover their heads/faces on campus in order to meet safety expectations.

PE Uniform

Students may wear their own athletic wear for PE classes. YES Prep will not offer PE uniforms to be purchased through YES Prep. Clothing for PE class must:

  • Have school appropriate messaging
  • Meet criteria in the “Free Dress” category

Bottoms may not be higher than fingertip length above the knee

 

Calendar

For the 2021-2022 district calendar, click here.  

Immunizations

The Texas Department of State Health Services provides minimum vaccination requirements for K-12 students. To learn more, click here.

Stay Connected 

Family Notes: YES Prep Brays Oaks keeps parents informed through a weekly Family Notes newsletter that is sent out every Thursday with your child. 

Social media: Stay up to date with events and activities by following our campus social media pages.  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yesprepbraysoaks 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ypbraysoaks