About the Ann Richards School
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a unique all-girls school founded to educate young women and give them the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college, in their careers, and in their communities. We are a public school in the Austin Independent School District serving girls in 6th through 12th grade.
Our vision is to focus on the whole girl, providing academic and enrichment opportunities that engage our students, expand their horizons, and give them the tools to achieve their dreams.
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders 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.
The Ann Richards School is based on proven models — the Young Women's Leadership School in East Harlem, New York, and the Irma Rangel Leadership School in Dallas, Texas. Established in 1996, the Young Women's Leadership School pioneered the model – a college preparatory public school serving girls from economically disadvantaged families with support from a public-private partnership. The Irma Rangel School opened in 2004 and was the first public, all-girls school in the State of Texas. Both schools provide a rigorous academic curriculum complemented by a comprehensive college advising program and both schools consistently see 100 percent of its graduates accepted to college.
With community support, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders provides the support and resources necessary to reach the same goal – for 100% of our graduates to attend college.
The Ann Richards School is part of a sisterhood of schools across the country. Our statewide network includes seven schools started with the support from the Young Women's Preparatory Network.
Our students consistently achieve high marks on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), making the Ann Richards School the only middle school in the Austin Independent School District to receive an Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Also, our results show our girls are achieving regardless of their socio-economic status. The Texas Business and Education Coalition selected the Ann Richards School as an Honor Roll school in 2010 and 2011, based on our three-year record of commended TAKS test scores.
The Ann Richards School currently serves over 700 6th through 12th grade students.
During the 2011 – 2012 school year, 61% percent of our students are Hispanic, 22% are Caucasian, 13% are African-American, 3% are Asian-American and 1% are American Indian/Alaskan Native. Approximately 60% of our students qualify for free and reduced meals.
The demographics of our student body mirror that of our local community.
Our academic curriculum is challenging with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), encouraging students in areas and careers where girls are under-represented. Read more about our Curriculum.
Pursuing college education is a cornerstone of the culture of the Ann Richards School. Students begin preparing for college beginning in the sixth grade. Read more about the Ann Richards School College Bound program.
Single-gender settings establish comfortable places in which girls can learn and explore the world with confidence. Additionally, an all-girls environment allows for unique instruction specific to issues encountered by girls and women. Research has found that single-gender classrooms may be particularly helpful to girls at the developmental level of early adolescence.
The Ann Richards School Foundation
The Ann Richards School is supported by a unique public-private partnership between the Austin Independent School District and the Ann Richards School Foundation. The Ann Richards School Foundation seeks community support and financial contributions to ensure the school’s success. Read more about our history or make a tax-deductible contribution.
National Coalition of Girls' Schools
The Ann Richards School is a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools. The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) is a leading advocate for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls schools. The Coalition acts at the forefront of educational thought, collaborating and connecting globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to empowering girls to be influential contributors to the world.
Young Women's Leadership Network
The Ann Richards School is an affiliate school of the Young Women's Leadership Network. The Young Women’s Leadership Schools are privately supported 6th – 12th grade public secondary schools that promote high-quality student learning opportunities in and out of school. Our schools provide a single-sex educational choice for predominantly low-income students who will be the first in their families to attend college. Students are admitted based upon their interest and commitment to a obtaining a single-sex and college preparatory education. TYWLS are open to girls of all academic abilities.
Young Women's Preparatory Network
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is part of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a non-profit organization that partners with public school districts to create and support all-girl schools. The schools have a foundation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum with a focus on the pillars of leadership, college readiness, and health and wellness. Young Women’s Prep serves more than 4,100 6th through 12th graders on seven campuses in Texas. Over 75% of the students are from economically disadvantaged homes and 85% will be first-generation college students. All of the students graduate from high school and are accepted at a four-year college or university. In 2014, 146 graduates received a combined $15.8 million in merit scholarships and grants and are attending 73 different colleges and universities.