Rooted in the Christian faith, Yellowstone Schools educates nearly 500 majority Black children in PK3 through 8th grade. Located in Houston’s historic Third Ward, Yellowstone is committed to partnering with students and families, regardless of financial means, to provide life-changing experiences and an excellent education, develop faith and character, and prepare scholars for life beyond high school.
Yellowstone Schools refers to a cooperative of two distinct legal and financial entities: Yellowstone Academy (a private, Christian school serving PK3 through 5th grade) and Yellowstone College Prep (a tuition-free charter school growing to serve 6th through 12th grade). As a public entity, College Prep complies with all federal and state laws. We collectively refer to ourselves as Yellowstone Schools to reflect our shared mission, vision, culture, and leadership.
Yellowstone Schools inspire, empower, and invest in students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose.
By 2026, we will provide a life-changing experience to 750 students in PK3-12th grade on one campus.
Yellowstone Schools was founded in July 2001 to provide a high quality, Christian education for students in Houston’s historic Third Ward community. After a year of intensive planning, Yellowstone officially opened in August 2002 with 64 preschool students, and added a grade level each year through the eighth grade.
In 2006, Yellowstone Schools purchased the historic Douglass Elementary School building from the Houston Independent School District. This landmark campus is one of the oldest continuously operating school buildings in the city of Houston, and helps to anchor the school as a community endeavor rooted in a long tradition of educational excellence.
The school celebrated its first 8th grade graduating class in 2012. Those graduates began Yellowstone’s reputation for shattering statistics, with 92% graduating from high school, and 80% going on to pursue a college education.
As Yellowstone celebrates 20 years of excellence in education, new and exciting changes are on the horizon. By 2023, we will have completed a $30 million comprehensive campaign. We will have renovated the historic Douglass Building and doubled the size of our campus with the completion of a new wing.
Yellowstone Schools serves 500 students annually, and will grow to serve 12th grade by 2026. Our graduates continue to pursue their God-given potential in high school, college, and other post-secondary opportunities including vocational certifications and the military.
As we embark on our milestone 20th anniversary, and our largest fundraising campaign to date, we hope that you will join us on this exciting journey!