The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) dedicates itself to prepare young women to attend and graduate from college, commit to a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, lead with courage and compassion, and solve problems creatively and ethically in support of our global community. ARS is a public all-girls school of choice that serves grades 6 – 12 for the Austin Independent School District.
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders recently ranked in the national top 25 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post at #19. US News & World Report ranks the Ann Richards School at #24 in the state of Texas and #123 nationally. Children at Risk ranked Ann Richards at #4 in the Greater Austin High School Rankings and #21 in the state of Texas.
ARS provides a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills, with project-based, experiential learning to enhance real-world application, and includes collaborative projects within the community to explore career options. Students graduate on the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), the most demanding requirements in Texas.
ARS places a focus on personal development of the whole girl—providing students with academic and enrichment opportunities that expand their horizons and give them tools to become confident and competent leaders, improve their communities and achieve their dream of graduating from college. Students at ARS love learning, have the desire to succeed, and care about the future of the world.
Governor Ann W. Richards was actively involved in planning ARS after visiting other successful single-gender schools and insisted that the best practices she observed be used to create academic, leadership and wellness programs for the school that bears her name. ARS welcomed its first 6th and 7th graders in August 2007, and added one grade level each academic year until 2012 when grades 6 – 12 were represented.
More than 60% are the first generation college bound
ARS serves all 84 elementary schools in AISD
$10.1 million in merit-based scholarships from the Class of 2015
100% accepted to college
My mother felt it was important to have a school for girls that creates an educational foundation to be successful, and changes the lives of their family and people around them.
The Ann Richards School Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, whose purpose is to secure sustainable resources and build effective partnerships to advance the mission of the Ann Richards School and the success of its students and alumnae.
College Bound Programming: College advising, college visits, test preparation, & financial aid assistance. Summer STEAM Programming: Transition to ARS for incoming 6th graders, STEAM field camps, workshops, and internships.
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REACH FOR THE STARS showcases and celebrates the achievements of the graduating seniors at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and launches them into the next stage of their education: attending and graduating from college.
Nia has grown into what every mother wants their daughter to grow into, healthy, independent, truly caring about others, and your larger community.
ARS is a public school of choice with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for young women who love learning, have the desire to succeed, and care about the future of our world. More about Admissions
Apply by February 5, 2016 for the 2016-17 School Year
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Our students work hard, and play hard. Students are encouraged to enhance their studies through athletics, band, orchestra, choir, theatre arts, & dance. ARS Stars compete in the 5A district for UIL in Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country & Swimming. More about Campus Life
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I come from a family where education isn’t as easy to come by, and there have been a lot of struggles. Being able to graduate and go to college is amazing to my family and me.