Curriculum

Ann Richards provides a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum with an emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and is designed for our students to graduate on the Distinguished Achievement Program, the most demanding diploma requirements offered in the state of Texas. Our Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer students the opportunity to earn college credit.

College Bound

Students at the Ann Richards School begin preparing for college on their first day of class in the 6th grade. Extensive research has shown that setting the expectation of college attendance at an early age leads to significantly higher percentages of student college enrollment. The Ann Richards School builds that expectation for each student and her family. Learn more about our College Bound Program here.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

In addition to core science and math courses, our curriculum requires a STEM course in 6th grade and pre-engineering courses in 7th and 8th grades. High school coursework includes field visits to corporations and presentations from professionals in the careers associated with the three pathway fields. Students extend their learning and increase their exposure to real-life STEM careers with an internship during their junior year, followed by their senior capstone project. In high school, students choose one of the following courses of study, or pathways:

Engineering

Our nationally-certified Engineering curriculum develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Students explore civil and environmental engineering, digital electronics, computer software, architecture and robotics.

Biomedical Science

Biomedical Science provides students with practical and sound research skills in their investigation of the human body, cell biology, genetic diseases and similar topics. Students prepare for collegiate studies in fields such as forensic science, medicine and laboratory research.

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Media Technology

Media Technology is centered around liberal arts and allows students to utilize state-of-the-art media and build skills in film-making, broadcasting, script writing, photography, computer graphics, podcasts and other creative ventures.

A Holistic Focus

We pride ourselves on developing a girl-centered, project-based curriculum that promotes leadership and wellness. Our curriculum is enhanced by programs and partnerships including college advising services, summer and after-school programs, service learning, and enhanced professional development. Students participate in athletics and have access to a breadth of fine arts courses including art, band, orchestra, theatre and choir. Student organizations are available such as Student Council and the National Honor Society.