Of course, success breeds demand. More than 4,000 Houston students are on the YES Prep wait list. Currently, 4,200 students are admitted by lottery. Because the charter caps enrollment at 700 per campus, the only way to add students is to add campuses. In April, YES Prep borrowed $22.1 million in federal stimulus funds to build two campuses. The goal is to increase enrollment to 10,000 by 2020.
The key will be duplicating what has made the current campuses successful. "YES is like a community," Aguirre says. "It's not even about being in a classroom and them teaching you algebra. They're teaching you life lessons."
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