Admissions & Enrollment

Lotter & Enrollment

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 is open and tuition-free to all children with no special requirements for admittance, providing transportation, 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 use a random, automated lottery for schools when there are more students interested in attending than available classroom space.

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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. While many students enter YES Prep Public Schools performing below grade level, YES Prep educators have, for more than 20 years, increased the number of students from under served communities who graduate from college prepared to lead. 

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The following YES Prep campuses are still accepting applications:

Create an account and apply for YES Prep Public Schools online. Parents or legal guardians can complete the online form on their own, or by contacting a YES Prep campus. 



The YES Prep 2021-2022 lottery application window is scheduled to open Monday, November 2, 2020, and closes February 12, 2021. With two new elementary schools opening, the district will be filling approximately 3600 seats. 

To enter the YES Prep Public Schools lottery, 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 contacting a YES Prep campus for assistance. 

Click here for a complete list of our schools.

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.

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

  • Children of eligible YES Prep employees
  • 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) 
  • Applicants who reside in the priority zone for the YES Prep campus they're applying to
  • Applicants who reside outside the priority zone for the YES Prep campus they're applying to but within the YES Prep district zone
  • Applicants who reside outside the YES Prep district zone

The lottery occurs on Friday, February 19, 2021, and families can check their student's status online on Friday, February 26, 2021. 

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 your child’s primary campus, the campus will contact families in the ordered sequence from the waitlist. If your child is next on the waitlist, you will receive a notification to offer your child the available seat. 

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

Read our full admissions policy here.

Click here for a complete list of our schools.