Educational Institutions

Yellowstone Academy

Inspire. Empower. Invest.

Houston, TX

Mission

At Yellowstone, our mission is to inspire, empower, and invest in students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose. We believe all students are born with purpose and destined for success.

Ruling Year

2007

Executive Director

Mr. Ryan Dolibois

Main Address

3000 Trulley St

Houston, TX 77004 USA

Keywords

education, disadvantaged children

EIN

76-0686870

 Number

7821112472

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Only 1 in 10 students in the communities served by Yellowstone is expected to complete a college degree or post-secondary certification program. These students can expect to enjoy higher wages, more employment opportunities, better health, and increased levels of civic engagement. For the remaining 9 students, however, the future is not nearly so bright. With a median annual family income of less than $20,000, our students lack the financial resources to afford a college education. The public schools to which they are zoned lack the resources needed to prepare them for success beyond high school. Additionally, nearly 2/3 of our students live in Houston neighborhoods where the rate of education is significantly lower than the average across Houston. Our students have few role models with college degrees in their communities to support and inspire them. Our goal is to provide a supportive and encouraging educational environment which will enable our students to succeed.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Yellowstone Academy

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

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Yellowstone Academy

Context notes

Percentage of PreK4 students who have demonstrated that they are ready to enter kindergarten in through mastery of Math and English skills.

Number of seniors who pursue Post-secondary Educational opportunities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Yellowstone Academy

Context notes

Percentage of Yellowstone alumni who are pursuing post-secondary degrees, educational programs, or vocational training. The average for the population we serve is 10%.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

At Yellowstone, we believe that every child is born with a purpose and destined for success. Our mission is to inspire, empower, and invest in students to achieve their full potential and fulfill their intended purpose. Program Objectives 1. Challenge each student to be on or above grade level in reading and math each school year; 2. Develop each child’s character and faith preparing them to make good decisions under difficult circumstances; 3. Provide each student with the additional tools and services needed for academic success including transportation, meals, uniforms, and social services.

Yellowstone’s educational program delivers the best of both the private and the public school models. At Yellowstone, we couple the rigorous academics, dynamic teachers, and robust athletic and extracurricular programming that are hallmarks of private schools with the support that public schools routinely provide to students including free transportation, free daily meals, and social services. The school also connects with the parents of our students on a consistent and substantive basis to promote strong family participation in their child’s educational success and individual well-being. Yellowstone sets high academic expectations for our students and places a premium on the development of their faith, character, and responsibility. The Yellowstone Schools currently serve nearly 500 students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade with small class sizes. Small group learning allows teachers to actively engage students and meet individualized learning needs.

With more than fifteen years of experience, Yellowstone currently has seven classes of 8th grade graduates. Our alumni are now attending neighborhood, private, magnet and charter schools throughout Houston, and many of them are succeeding in some of Houston’s most prestigious and challenging high schools. Three of our alumni classes have now completed high school, with an unprecedented graduation rate of 88%. Our graduates are continuing to pursue their full potential in college and with other post-secondary opportunities, including vocational certifications and the military. 75% of our college-age alumni have enrolled in a post-secondary degree or vocational certification program. In a community where students are not expected to enter college, let alone graduate high school, we are making an incredible impact.

To measure effectiveness of Yellowstone’s academic program, students take assessments through benchmark testing three times a year to gauge their progress. Yellowstone uses the Texas School Ready Project assessment tool for prekindergarten students and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for elementary and middle school students to measure child outcomes, conduct ongoing assessments, and record weekly progress of each child. Each teacher uses the results from assessments, observations, anecdotal notes, portfolios and progress monitoring reports to make well-informed and timely decisions about the instructional needs of each child. Additionally, teachers incorporate information gained from the progress monitoring reports in their lesson plans and provide activities for the classroom as a group and individual child. As an integral component of our education model our head of school and deans conduct ongoing professional development.

Our graduates are continuing to pursue their full potential in college and with other post-secondary opportunities, including vocational certifications and the military. 75% of our college-age alumni have enrolled in a post-secondary degree or vocational certification program. In a community where students are not expected to enter college, let alone graduate high school, we are making an incredible impact. In July 2017, the State of Texas granted approval to open Yellowstone College Prep, a new charter school co-located with the Academy and serving grades 5-8. Together, the Yellowstone Schools are serving nearly 500 students from Pre-K through 8th grade, and plan to grow by adding a grade each year through 12th grade until we are serving nearly 1,000 students annually. This new co-location model ensures that we can serve more students all the way through high school and beyond.

External Reviews

Financials

Yellowstone Academy

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No