Our History

Front entrance of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

Opened in August 2007, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was made possible by a unique public-private partnership with the Austin Independent School District, and the Dallas-based Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN).

Like Ann W. Richards, FEYW’s founder, Lee Posey believed that all girls deserve access to a quality education and led the creation of all-girls public schools across the state of Texas. FEYW provided seed funds to enhance the programming offered at the Ann Richards School, and the Ann Richards School Foundation was established in 2009 to continue to provide financial support.  Mr. Posey and Governor Richards were inspired by the success of the Young Women’s Leadership School established by Ann Tisch in East Harlem.

The Ann Richards School began serving 6th and 7th grade students during the fall of 2007. The school has added a grade level each year and, at capacity, will serve 800 6th through 12th grade students. Our first senior class will graduate in 2013. Students reflect the diversity of the Austin community and the majority of our students are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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