Yellowstone College Prep is a new community school dedicated to building community leaders. The first of its kind in Texas, this unique charter school model was approved by the Texas Education Agency in 2017. Our teachers and administrators are active members in our neighborhoods and are focused on the intellectual and emotional growth of your student.

We believe all students are born with purpose and destined for success. At Yellowstone College Prep we create a safe learning environment with high academic standards.

Growing to serve

Yellowstone College Prep shares a single campus with Yellowstone Academy in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward where we inspire, empower and invest in students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose.

We are dedicated to building leaders from 5th to 8th grade. Yellowstone College Prep will grow to serve 9th-12th grade students by adding a grade level each year beginning in the Fall of 2018.


Proven best practices

At Yellowstone College Prep, we build upon the proven best practices of effective community schools by connecting educators, families and community stakeholders for collective impact. Our program includes the following distinctions:

  • A rigorous, college-prep curriculum enhanced by community classroom experiences for integrated hands-on learning and discovery.
  • A robust volunteer model that brings together volunteers from the local community and across Houston to provide resources and opportunities that would otherwise not exist for our students.
  • A high-impact parental engagement approach that positively contributes to student learning.
  • A comprehensive set of student support services and extracurricular activities to ensure students are successful both in and out of the classroom.

Yellowstone College Prep will be a source of pride for the neighborhood and for the City of Houston. We will hold our faculty, students, and families to the highest standards of educational excellence to ensure that students who graduate from Yellowstone College Prep are prepared to be transformative leaders in our community.

Applications for 2019-2020 Now Open!

Board of Directors

Lionel Jellins

Lionel Jellins

Board Chair

Lionel Jellins retired from ExxonMobil Corporation in 2015 after 38 years of experience in Engineering, Procurement, Contracting, and IT. He continues to serve as an active volunteer in the Houston community. He currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, which supports over 50,000 youth in the Greater Houston Area. He has led in other important roles, including being President of Crossroads Community Partnership for Youth (a United Way Agency) and being a member of the PTO for the University of Houston Charter School. He is also a graduate of Leadership Houston, Inc. 

Matthew Barnes

Matthew Barnes

Matthew Barnes has lived in the Third Ward Community for 17 years. His experience is in public health, business development, and nonprofit management. He has worked as the Director of Community Initiatives and Outpatient Services at Texas Children’s Hospital, a Program Officer at the Houston Endowment, and Executive Director of Families Empowered. His educational background includes 7 years on the board of a highly selective public university in Missouri, 7 years on the board of a Christian college in Houston, board membership on a PreK-12 Christian private school and a 22,000 student Head Start program. Matt spent 2 years leading an education reform nonprofit, and 8 years counseling families and students on improving their children’s educational and behavioral outcomes.  


Arthur L. Bryan, II

Arthur is an attorney within the Contracts and Procurement Function of Bechtol Oil, Gas, & Chemicals, Inc.. He has served as in-house counsel and in commercial roles supporting large-scale complex engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. His experience includes negotiating EPC agreements, advising projects and management teams on contractual obligations, risk mitigation strategies and dispute resolutions.

Arthur earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the West Virginia University College of Law. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. In his spare time, Arthur enjoys traveling, playing golf and tennis, and giving back to his community through various philanthropic endeavors.


Janice Character

Janice Character is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.  Prior to this role, she retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2015 after 35 years of experience in Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources.  Janice brings extensive leadership and public service to her role with the school: past president of the Board of Directors of the Houston Area Women Center, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Collaborative for Children, founding member of the Houston Women March steering committee, VP Marketing Children's Museum of Houston, Leadership Houston, Ensemble Theatre, and the Houston Area Urban League. Current volunteer leadership roles include Houston Women March Steering Committee, Collaborative for Children, The Links, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

David Lumpkins

David Lumpkins

Mr. David Lumpkins is a Houston businessman; he co-founded PetroLogistics LP, and worked in the investment banking industry for 17 years. He co-founded Yellowstone Academy in 2001 with his wife Kristi Lumpkins and has been an active, committed board member for the school. Over the past 15 years, David has donated a considerable amount of time and resources to provide a quality education to Third Ward students and families. 

Valerie Williams

Valerie Williams

In June 2016, Valerie Williams retired from Ernst & Young (EY). Previously she served as the Southwest Region Assurance Services Managing Partner. As such, she was responsible for managing the firm’s audit practice across nine states with more than 1,400 people in 14 offices. Valerie has 35 years of experience, including several leadership roles and a variety of client service roles in the energy, technology and telecommunications industries. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston. She was named University of Houston Bauer College Outstanding Accounting Alumnus and is a member of the University of Houston’s accounting advisory board. Valerie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs. Valerie grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and graduated from Yates High School. Valerie’s husband, T.R., is the founding pastor of New Faith Church, where he has served for 39 years. 

Required Postings

Wellness Policy

All stakeholders are able to participate in the development, review, update, and implementation of the Local School Wellness Policy. Please contact Damon Gunn, Director of Campus Services, for more details.

Phone: (713) 741-8000 ext. 1104

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