Last week, YES Prep Public Schools, a charter management organization in Houston, won the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. YES Prep was recognized as “the urban public charter school system that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students.”

The YES Prep model includes a longer school day and school year, after-school and weekend enrichment, on-boarding/induction for rising sixth graders, a more rigorous teacher selection and evaluation model, and structured parental involvement activities. The 10 middle and high schools serve more than 5,400 low-income kids who often enter middle school significantly below grade level. The schools are able to wipe out nearly every income and ethnic achievement gap and a high percentage of YES students pass difficult AP tests. Additionally, every YES graduate is admitted to a four-year college.n. YES Prep was recognized as “the urban public charter school system that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students.”

We are always looking for examples of successful expanded-time schools. Congrats to the students, teachers, and administrators of YES Prep on the great results you have been able to achieve!