Leadership Program

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We know that, in addition to academic preparation, our girls must develop strong problem-solving skills and value compassion in order to become successful leaders. To that end, we build our curriculum to provide a girl-centered, academically rigorous course of study that includes critical thinking, communication and service learning.

  • Our project-based curriculum requires students to work in groups to solve problems. This means that students develop leadership and communication skills in and out of the classroom.
  • Each student is expected to complete service learning hours every year in addition to participation in school-wide events to promote awareness of issues that affect our local and global community.
  • Student-led groups maintain an organic garden, a composting system, and a rainwater collection tank to be good stewards of our environment.
  • Students are encouraged to enhance their studies through intramural sports, competitive athletics, band, orchestra, choir and visual and theater arts.
  • In addition to visits to college campuses, students have opportunities for educational travel. Examples are summer visits to Washington D.C., and an international language immersion trip to Costa Rica.

Throughout her life, Ann Richards dedicated herself to developing young women leaders. She helped found the Texas Foundation for Women's Resources, which supports Leadership Texas and Power Pipeline, both programs focused on training women leaders. Governor Richards mentored women throughout her career and encouraged women everywhere to take on leadership roles in their communities. The Ann Richards School continues the work that Ann Richards started during her career as a public servant by preparing students for a lifetime of leadership.