YES Prep White Oak is a public charter school in Houston, Texas . We exist to prepare low-income students for college, to transform the way Houston educates its students, and to serve the members of our surrounding community.
Founded In: 2013
Grades Served: 6-12
Mascot: The Owls
Mission: White Oak exists to accelerate student achievement by creating a safe and engaging environment for high quality teaching and learning.
Core Values: Team, Enthusiasm, Continuous Improvement
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.