Say YES to Opportunities Application Now Open
Thank you for your interest in YES Prep Public Schools and for launching your child's academic journey with us! The student lottery application for the 2024-2025 school year is now open! Click the button below to complete an application.

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YES Prep Southside Elementary at a Glance

Tuition-FREE School & No Admission Requirements


Pre-K - 5th
Grades Available 

In-zone Transportation Provided

College-Forward Education


Say YES to Opportunities! 

Your child’s journey to access a high-quality, tuition-free public school with a focus on college readiness starts TODAY!

YES Prep Southside Elementary opened August 2021 to provide families in the Southside area a high-quality education for their younger children. The school is located next to YES Prep Southside Secondary (serving grades 6th - 12th grade). YES Prep Southside Elementary is open to students entering grades prekindergarten through fourth for the 2023-2024 school year and will add additional grade levels in the following years.

We believe in creating pathways to opportunity, to empowered communities, to success that isn’t solely defined by test scores but by a student’s ability to recognize their own value.  YES Prep Public Schools is proving that different outcomes are possible when Houston communities are given access to high-quality educational opportunities. YES Prep Southside Elementary is a tuition-free, public charter school system that has no admission requirements. Are you ready to say YES? 

The 2024-2025 YES Prep student lottery application is NOW OPEN

We encourage parents/guardians to apply TODAY to have the best chance to attend a YES Prep school. 

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Not quite ready to apply? Fill out our interest form to stay up to date with news and info and/or to get in contact with a member of our staff. 

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Our Application Process

October 13 − February 18 

We strongly encourage parents to apply during this timeframe to allow your child to have the best chance to attend YES Prep!

All applications that are submitted after February 18 will be automatically waitlisted in the order they are received.

February 20-21

Applicants are selected at random for admission to YES Prep.

February 22

Families receive notice if they have been accepted to or waitlisted for YES Prep.

If accepted, families will begin the registration process.


What's new for the 2023-2024 lottery application?

SchoolMint Enroll:

YES Prep has launched a new enrollment platform, SchoolMint Enroll. This platform brings a sleek look and a smoother application process for parents/guardians. Both new to YES Prep and existing families will need to create a new login to apply. Check out our video series on how to get started.  SchoolMint Enroll provides an innovative fresh experience and allows YES Prep additional ways to communicate about the enrollment process. 

How To Apply

How to create a login
Submit an application 
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YES Prep Southside Elementary Offers

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Art, PE, STEM lab,  daily recess and access to Legacy Community Health Clinic

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Bilingual and special education program

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Automatic enrollment into YES Prep Southside Secondary

Want to learn more about the opportunities YES Prep can provide for your family or need help applying?

We would be happy to help you! Please complete our form below and a YES Prep team member will reach out with additional information.

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We invite you to Experience YES and attend a school tour to meet a YES Prep Principal, engage with students and staff, and learn why YES Prep is the school for your student. 

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Say YES to Success

Meet our Principal 

Andrea Citchen
Andrea Citchen

Andrea is a proud native of St. Louis, MO as well as a proud graduate from the University of Missouri where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education. Her goal is to serve the Southside community by providing a high-quality education in a safe and collaborative learning environment, so that all children achieve their full potential and can live choice-filled lives.