FAQ

How do I get an application?

Applications are available online or please see your school counselor to receive an application. Read more about the application process on our website under the Admissions section.

What time does school begin and end?

Our schedule is 9:00 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Where is the school located?

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is located at 2206 Prather Lane, Austin, Texas 78704, in South Austin. The school is near the intersection of Ben White Boulevard and Lamar Boulevard. See a map and directions online.

How will students get to and from school?

AISD provides transportation with most of the bus stops at or near neighborhood schools. See more information on the AISD School Bus Transportation website.

What grades are scheduled for the 2011-2012 school year?

During the 2011-2012 school year, the Ann Richards School serve 6th-11th grade students and will serve a full 6th to 12th grades during the 2012 – 2013 academic year.

Do I need a straight A report card to apply?

You don't have to be a straight A honor student, but you do have to be a student who enjoys learning, has the desire to succeed, wants to go to college and cares about the future and our community. Your hand-written letter, first semester report card and attendance, last year's Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores and teacher recommendations have equal value in the scoring of your application. So, even if you don't have the best grades or the highest test scores, you can still qualify by excelling in other areas.

How are applicants chosen to attend the Ann Richards School?

All qualified applications will be placed in a fair and anonymous lottery that will determine the final selection of students.

Do I have to pay a fee to attend this school?

No, there are no tuition fees. You must live in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) to attend this school.

Are there fine arts classes?

Absolutely. Art, choir, band, orchestra, and theater arts are offered.

Will girls be able to participate in athletics?

Yes! Beginning in the seventh grade, girls may represent our school in a variety of sports. According to U.I.L. rules for middle school, sixth graders cannot participate in school sports competitions.

Are there school trips?

We value learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom. Each grade level has field experiences that are connected to our curriculum, in addition to several visits to colleges and universities.

How many hours of homework per night can be expected?

Approximately 1 to 3 hours. Students may also have homework over the weekend.

Is tutoring available for students?

Our teachers usually designate at least one morning or afternoon a week for tutoring and provide extra time for students as needed. Tutoring times are listed on the course syllabi distributed on the first day of school. Homework Haven is available before and after school for students to get tutorial support and have access to technology.

Is Physical Education required every year in middle school?

Wellness is a very important component of our school. Our girls must take a semester of physical education every year. We offer a variety of activities including sports, aerobics, dance and others that girls like and need.

Are there extra-curricular activities for students?

In addition to after-school practices in sports and fine arts, we have unique academic clubs. Girls are also encouraged to organize clubs that they would like to see on campus.

What kind of electives will I be able to take?

We offer an array of electives in liberal arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and fine arts, both performing and visual.

Is it hard to make friends at the Ann Richards School?

Making friends at our school is exciting and fun because everyone is in the same boat, coming from different schools and looking for new friends. Working on group projects and participating in extra-curricular activities are effective ways to meet classmates.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, uniforms are required. Research shows that wearing uniforms benefits students by minimizing social, psychological, economic, and emotional distractions. Just think how quickly you can get ready for school without the time-consuming decisions of what to wear.

How does a new student obtain a transfer to your program?

We will obtain the necessary transfers for the girls who have been accepted into the program.

What is service learning?

Caring about others is valuable and necessary. Service learning hours are required for each grade level.

How can I volunteer at the school?

We welcome your presence and participation in our school. Please visit the Volunteer page for information on opportunities to get involved.  If you have a unique skill or talent and would like to volunteer in a way we haven’t listed, contact Diana Nenque. Thank you in advance for your interest.

How will you keep parents/guardians/caretakers/mentors informed about school events?

The Principal keeps parents informed through an email listserv. We use newsletters, flyers, communication from teachers and staff, email and our website. Our doors are always open to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have about your student's experience at the Ann Richards School.