Students at graduation

Our Girls Will Change the World

On graduation day, 100% earned diplomas, and 100% were accepted to college.
Ann Richards School Cross Country Team

Our Girls Will Change the World

You won’t find sodas on our campus. Why? Because our students are smart when it comes to nutrition.
Student in the Ann Richards MakerSpace

Our Girls Will Change the World

Giving back is built into our DNA through integrating service learning as part of the curriculum.
Student in the Ann Richards MakerSpace

Our Girls Will Change the World

Integrating the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fosters creativity and innovation.
Students Performing Community Service

Our Girls Will Change the World

Our girls are leaders who participate in the global community through service-learning projects.


Chelsea Clinton Visits the Ann Richards School
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders welcomed Chelsea Clinton on Wednesday, October 8th to talk about her new book It’s Your World. Clinton’s book addresses the challenges facing us today and gives readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. Combining facts, charts, photographs and stories... Read more »
Ann Richards School Foundation Appoints Jennifer Long New Executive Director
Jennifer Long will serve as the Executive Director of the Ann Richards School Foundation (the Foundation), an Austin, Texas-based 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation secures sustainable resources and builds effective partnerships to advance the mission of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders including promoting and celebrating the success of its students and alumnae. Created... Read more »
Ann Richards Soccer Finishes 6-6-1 in District Play
The ARS soccer team finished the year with an overall record of 8-12-2 and 6-6-1 in district landing the Stars in 5th place out of 10 teams. Several Stars soccer players were selected for all-district teams: Ashley Thomas – 1st Team, Eliza Martin – 2nd Team, Kiky Chaparro, Sierra Melomo, and Raquel Friedman were Honorable... Read more »

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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.

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More than 60% are the first generation college bound


ARS serves all 84 elementary schools in AISD

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$10.1 million in merit-based scholarships from the Class of 2015


100% accepted to college

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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.

Ellen Richards
Chair Emeritus for the Ann Richards School Foundation

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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.

DONATE TODAY and support college-bound programming, summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) workshops, after school programs, field experiences and internships, and professional development for teachers.

PLEASE JOIN US to tour a campus unlike any other and meet the young women leaders of tomorrow. We will showcase the transformative work taking place in our classrooms and show you how to get involved.

ANN Play Tickets: Special performance of ANN benefiting the Ann Richards School Foundation on Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. Exclusive post-show reception and Q&A with Holland Taylor.

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.

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Nia has grown into what every mother wants their daughter to grow into, healthy, independent, truly caring about others, and your larger community.

Deborah Thomas
Parent of Nia Thomas, ARS Class of 2014


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

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Apply by February 5, 2016 for the 2016-17 School Year


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Campus Life

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.

Ana Hernandez
Class of 2013 and Texas State University Student