Considered Again After Inaugural Prize Win in 2012
HOUSTON, Texas (May 18, 2016) – This morning, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced that YES Prep Public Schools is one of three finalists for the prestigious Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Texas’s IDEA Public Schools and New York City’s Success Academy were also named finalists.
The $250,000 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, awarded to the best-performing charter management organization in the country, will be announced on June 27 at the National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville, Tenn. This year, The Broad Foundation is partnering with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to present the prize.
A seven-member review board of national education experts reviewed publicly available student performance and college-readiness data from the 2014-15 school year for 30 of the country’s largest public charter management organizations, compiled and analyzed by American Institutes for Research. The review board found that IDEA Public Schools, Success Academy and YES Prep had the best overall performance, especially serving low-income students of color. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which funds the prize, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which administers the prize, did not play a role in selecting the top three charter systems.
YES Prep CEO Mark DiBella commented, “It is an honor to be considered for this prestigious award for a second time and be in the company of outstanding charter counterparts transforming the futures of Texas and New York City. This acknowledgement of our achievements fuels us to keep giving 100% every day in service of every single student in our system.”
Board of Directors Chairman Mark Gregg stated that, “Having won the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools in 2012 validated our efforts. To be named a finalist the first year we are eligible for consideration again after our win reinforces the deep significance of our work and the success of our unique model.”
Read the joint press release from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.
About YES Prep Public Schools
The mission of YES Prep Public Schools is to increase the number of students from underserved communities who graduate from college prepared to lead. YES Prep received the inaugural Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, is nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, and others, and has consistently been named one of Houston’s “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal.