Save the Date for Reach for the Stars on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Our Girls Will Change the World

Come celebrate the achievements of our graduating seniors as they embark on the next stage of their education—attending and graduating from college.
Students at graduation

Our Girls Will Change the World

On graduation day, 100% earned diplomas, and 100% were accepted to a 4-year college or university.
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.


Senior Alexis Taylor Interviews Norah O’Donnell for Reach for the Stars
Ann Richards senior Alexis Taylor interviewed Norah O’Donnell, Co-Host of CBS This Morning on the set of the show on Friday, March 13th. Alexis asked Norah questions centered around curiosity for the Reach for the Stars benefit for the Ann Richards School on May 8, 2015. Be sure to join us as we celebrate the... Read more »
ARS at SXSWedu
ARS Assistant Principals Kris Waugh and Anah Wiersema presented at a SXSWedu Playground Talk on Monday, March 9th. Ms. Waugh and Ms. Wiersema spoke about the school’s MakerSpace and discussed the success of adopting the maker philosophy in a Project-Based learning curriculum.
ARS Seniors Interview Lily Tomlin for Reach for the Stars
Ann Richards seniors Georgia Hernandez and Karina Mendez interviewed actress Lily Tomlin on Tuesday, February 24th. The girls asked Lily questions centered around the theme of courage for the Reach for the Stars benefit for the Ann Richards School on May 8, 2015. Be sure to join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our... Read more »

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Texas Teens for Libraries

A conference for teens from all over Texas during the Texas Library Association (TLA) annual conference

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We invite you to the 1st Annual Make-O-Rama to celebrate creating and the Maker movement at ARS

Reach for the Stars

Annual benefit for the Ann Richards School

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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. 
ARS provides a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills, and is designed for students to graduate on the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), the most demanding diploma requirements offered in the state of Texas.
ARS focuses on 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.
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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$8.9 million in merit-based scholarships from 2013 & 2014


100% accepted to college/university

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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

The Ann Richards School Foundation

Our mission 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. More about the Foundation
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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 to support enrichment programming at ARS.

Tour the School

Interested in supporting ARS? Join us for a school tour to learn more.

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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

Application Deadline

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