YES LA selects high achieving, low-income students from traditional and charter middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified and Lennox School Districts. Students are selected in the 6th grade based on academic performance, teacher recommendations, and an interview process.

A majority of our students come from homogenous low-income neighborhoods, and have not been exposed to many opportunities outside of their homes and schools.  We seek students who are not only academically bright, but who can persevere, adapt, and thrive in new environments. YES selects approximately 30 students per year.

Our Middle School Partners

YES Los Angeles

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy - Burlington Campus

Hollenbeck Middle School

ICEF Vista Academy

ICEF View Park Prep Middle School

Jane Addams Middle School

Johnnie L Cochran Jr Middle School

Lennox Middle School

Wiseburn Middle School

Will Rogers Middle School

High School & College Support

Once in high school -- whether private day school, boarding school, or public -- students receive support through personal check-ins, lunches at schools, contact with school counselors, access to virtual tutoring, and enrichment program application support. Students also participate in group dinners and field trips to provide a safe place to discuss social and personal challenges they may face in their high school experiences.

Students are prepared for the college admissions process through direct SAT tutoring, YES college counseling, college tours, and a college boot camp to provide application and financial aid support.

YES Los Angeles

College-to-Career with YES

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To ease the transition between academic life and the workplace, YES provides professional career workshops, social and business etiquette boot camps, and other programs that prepare our Scholars for professional success. YES assists scholars pursuing graduate studies and other professional development.
Our 2019 college grads have started careers across the country at companies including KPMG, Gore, CitiYear, Lucid Motors, and Cummins Engineering. YES students are attending dental school, law school, medical school, and graduate programs around the world.

High Schools YES Scholars Have Attended

Private Day Schools

Archer School for Girls

Brentwood School

Buckley School

Campbell Hall

Chadwick School

Crossroads School

Epsicopal School Los Angeles

Geffen Academy at UCLA

Harvard-Westlake School

LaSalle High School

Marlborough School

Muse School

New Roads School

Oakwood School

Pacifica Christian High School

Pilgrim School

Polytechnic School

Rolling Hills Prep

Sequoyah School

Viewpoint School

Vistamar School

Waverly School

Wildwood School

Windward School

Private Boarding Schools

American University Prep School

Cate School

Choate Rosemary Hall

Culver Academies

Deerfield Academy

Lawrenceville School

The Loomis Chaffee School

Phillips Academy Andover

Phillips Exeter Academy

Thacher School

The Webb Schools

Public Schools

Alliance Morgan McKenize High School

California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS)

Da Vinci Communications

Esperanza College Prep High School

Lawndale High School

Lennox Math, Science, and Technology Academy (LMSTA)

Leuzinger High School

Roosevelt High School Magnet Program

Zoo Magnet High School

Our Scholars Currently Attend the Following Colleges & Universities

Barnard College

Bates College

Bowdoin College

Boston University

California Institute of the Arts

California College of the Arts

California Polytechnic State University

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Northridge

Carnegie Mellon University

Centre College

Chapman University

Colorado College

Columbia University

Connecticut College

Denison College

Duke University

El Camino College

Emory University

Hampshire College

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College

Indiana University

Lafayette College

Loyola Marymount University

Middlebury College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mount Holyoke College

Mount St Mary’s University

New York University

Northeastern University

Occidental College

Pitzer College

Princeton University

Regis College

Santa Monica College

Stanford University

Tufts University

UC (Berkeley, LA, Merced, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz)

Union College

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Redlands

University of Richmond

University of Southern California

Washington University in St Louis

Wesleyan University

Yale University