Founded in 1996, the Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (RYSS) was one of the first open-enrollment charter schools approved by the Texas State Board of Education. By establishing RYSS, the Tejano Center for Community Concerns worked to provide a college preparatory educational experience for children of the center’s surrounding neighborhoods in southeast Houston. Today, RYSS continues its commitment to the success of every student, regardless of his/her academic or economic background, by offering a superior college preparatory experience, with the goal of having every student enter and graduate from a four-year university.
Since our modest beginnings in a small rental facility with an enrollment of 100 students, we have successfully expanded our operation and our reach to a combined enrollment of nearly 1,330 at our two main campuses: the campus in Houston that now occupies an entire city block and a second campus in Brownsville, Texas. In Houston, RYSS operates the Elite Primary Academy that serves children in grades K-5 and the Houston 6-12 STEM and Early College High School. The Brownsville Raul Yzaguirre School for Success Preparatory (BRYSS) was founded in 2002, offering a K-8 college preparatory academic program.
RYSS is a proud member of both the Houston and Brownsville communities, working alongside our parent organization—the Tejano Center for Community Concerns—to ensure effective teaching and learning for all students and proactively engaging parents and local businesses/organizations to share in the development of productive and responsible citizens.
RYSS at a Glance
(Source: PEIMS 2015-2016 Fall Submission)
1,299 Students enrolled as of October 2015
981 Students enrolled at Elite Primary Academy K-5 and 6-12 STEM and Early College High School (Houston campuses)
349 Students enrolled at Brownsville RYSS Preparatory (Brownsville campus)
Student Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity
0.2% American Indian
0.2% Two or more
Student Enrollment by Program
97% Economically Disadvantaged
90% English Language Learners
11% English as a Second Language
6% Special Education
5% Gifted and Talented
94% Graduation rate
100% Title I