At a Glance

A Beacon of Light

For 15 years, Yellowstone has been a beacon of light in Houston’s Third Ward, providing students with a high quality education that will prepare them for their future. Our students are bright, ambitious, and full of talent. Our job as educators is to make learning a joy for them—so that each day they come to school excited to prepare for their future.

Yellowstone is one of the few schools in the nation that is truly a community endeavor. We ask every family admitted to the school to pay a portion of the tuition costs for their student to attend, and the rest of the funding required to operate the school is donated from generous individuals, businesses, churches, and foundations. Our supporters come from more than 40 Houston area zip codes, providing the additional support necessary to operate the school.

We invite you to join us and walk side by side as we transform Houston’s educational landscape. Thank you for your prayers, service, and financial contributions that help make us a premier educational institution. Our success as a school is only possible with your support.

Ryan Dolibois
Executive Director

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Ryan Dolibois

Executive Director

A Brief History

Yellowstone Academy was founded in July 2001 to provide a high quality, faith-based education for students in Houston’s historic Third Ward community. After a year of intensive planning, the Academy officially opened in August 2002 with 64 pre‑school students, and added a grade level each year through the eighth grade.


In 2006, Yellowstone Academy purchased the historic Douglass Elementary School building from the Houston Independent School District. This landmark campus is one of the oldest continuously operating school buildings in the city of Houston, and helps to anchor the Academy as a community school rooted in a long tradition of educational excellence.

The school celebrated its 10th Anniversary as well as its first 8th grade graduating class in 2012. Those graduates have gone on to shatter statistics with 92% graduating from high school, and 80% going on to pursue a college education. The Academy now serves nearly 350 students annually, and has five classes of 8th grade graduates who are continuing to pursue their God-given potential in high school, college, and other post-secondary opportunities including vocational certifications and the military.

As Yellowstone celebrates 15 years of excellence in education, new and exciting changes are on the horizon. The Academy completed nearly $1 million in facility renovations over the last year, and has embarked on a new strategic plan which will allow it to expand to serve nearly 1,000 students annually by our next milestone anniversary in 2022. We hope that you will join us on this exciting journey!

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