Foundation For Tomorrow
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3000 Trulley St Houston TX 77004 USA
Yellowstone academy serves children from low income families with a program designed to provide the resources they need to reach their full potential.
The purpose of yellowstone academy is to provide a high quality, faith-based, private school exclusively serving low-income children in houston, texas. Yellowstone academy opened on august 21, 2002, with four classes of three and four year old students. During the 2013-2014 school year, yellowstone academy served 343 students in grades pk 3 through eighth grade and provided a support program for its forty eighth grade graduates now attending various high schools throughout houston. Yellowstone is accredited by the southern association of colleges and schools (sacs). The mission of yellowstone academy is to exclusively serve children from low-income families who are living in environments generally characterized as "at risk". The combination of illiteracy, dependency, and single parenthood define the cycle of poverty that these children are growing up in and are highly likely to repeat, absent effective intervention. Yellowstone's goal is to bring about radical change in life prospects. It intends to reach children in circumstances that predict a high probability of life dysfunction and to provide them the tools and environment that lead to a high probability of life success. The following is a summary of the student profile:96% african american2% hispanic2% bi-racial91% are children who live in single parent householdsmedian family income is $12,8552% average household income21% low income29% poverty level48% extreme poverty levelas a result of the factors of poverty, the majority of our children come to school language delayed, behind grade level, and at risk for failure in school. Yellowstone academy's educational strategy has been specifically designed to address these challenges and is implemented with great success by a certified teacher and with a low teacher/student ratio in each classroom. In addition, each pk-5th grade classroom has a full-time instructional aide. Yellowstone also employs a head of school, executive director, director of education, social worker, facility operations manager, director of volunteers, director of community relations, registrar, tuition coordinator, development director, director of special events, director of donor services, accounting controller, hr administrator, part time accountant, two pe teachers and one pe aide, computer teacher, art teacher, and a music teacher. Yellowstone also employs five bus drivers as well as two adult bus chaperones for each of its five buses. Along with a large number of volunteers, these staff members work together to create an environment characterized by structure and discipline but also animated with hope and optimism. There is an excitement for learning. Along with an innovative staff development program, the school uses the best of published and teacher developed curriculum and emphasizes methods and materials that are relevant to children in poverty and focus on active student involvement. There is continuous evaluation of student achievement and curriculum is adjusted accordingly. The parents at yellowstone academy are encouraged and given every opportunity to be an active participant in their child's education. With the exception of children in the custody of child protective services, all families pay some level of tuition, which is scaled based upon their income. Parents in poverty are typically not comfortable in a school setting so a variety of strategies are used to create a strong, positive partnership between school and home. The school had 85% of the students return for the 2013-2014 school year and had a 95% retention rate during the school year, something that is highly unusual for the population it serves. As a result of the school's supportive and active board, yellowstone academy celebrated several signigicant milestones during the 2013-2014 school year. Sixteen more students transitioned to high school and were accepted into some of the best high schools in houston. Yellowstone's testing data continues to rise beginning with pk students and on through middle school. Yellowstone's athletic program is one of the strongest in their league. The girls' volleyball team won 2nd for their district. The boys' and girls' basketball teams won second place in their respective districts. The dance program participated in competition winning a trophy at the middle school level in top performance. Yellowstone continues to add more technology in each classroom, both for student assessments and instruction. Imagination station, a research based literacy program, was added, providing valuable monthly reading assessments and corresponding intervention activities for each student in pk-8th grade. Yellowstone also added more smart boards in classrooms and two more ipad carts. Yellowstone parents continued to develop the school's pto porgram, and there was a steady increase of parents being involved in their child's education. Over 200 attended a parent confernce day in october of 2013. The yellowstone yearbook program continues to grow with sales of over 100 books. Each year students are exposed to more opportunities involving stem programs and competitions. Yellowstone academy participated in houston's first-time c-stem compeition, competing in robotics, photography, computer, geoscience, sculpture, and creative writing.
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I love volunteering at Yellowstone Academy! I have gone on field trips with the children and the experience was wonderful. They are well organized and its such a fun experience to enjoy with the students. I have also worked in the library and read books with the students. Its really been rewarding and I am always impressed with the teachers and the staff. They are so dedicated and committed to helping these sweet children. I highly recommend you spending your time with this wonderful organization.
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I have seen the children become better and more enthusiastic readers. I have seen them develop better communication skills as they have more interaction with volunteers and learn more in the classroom.
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