Join us for Reach for the Stars, our annual fundraising gala to celebrate the graduating class of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

Our Girls Will Change the World

Our annual fundraising gala to celebrate the graduating class of the Ann Richards School.
A new date to celebrate the Stars and showcase your support of the Foundation’s college-bound programming.


Ms. Debika Ingham Named ARS Teacher of the Year
The 2021-2022 school year Teacher of the Year for the Ann Richards School is Ms. Debika Ingham. Ms. Ingham is in her 5th year at the Ann Richards School and teaches 9th-grade Intro to Engineering Design, 12th-grade Engineering Design and Development, and Geometry. Congratulations, Ms. Ingham!
College Success Day Connects Alumnae with Current Stars
The Ann Richards School Stars finished out the first week of the new year connecting with alumnae during College Success Day. College Success Day paired 40 alumnae for a panel discussion about all things college. Each grade level hosted an alumna via Zoom to connect with current Stars in their advisory class. All 900+ Stars... Read more »

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Our School

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 a public all-girls school of choice that serves grades 6-12 for the Austin Independent School District.

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65% of graduates will be the first in their families to graduate from college


The Ann Richards School serves all 78 elementary schools in Austin ISD

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Over $92 million in merit-based scholarships from 9 graduating classes


Ranked #12 in Texas and #98 nationally by US News & World Report

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I’m proud of the person I’ve become because of the Ann Richards School: a confident, motivated, young woman leader who is not afraid to dream big.

Elena Gonzalez
Class of 2017 and University of San Diego Student

The Ann Richards School FoundationAnn Richards School Foundation

The Ann Richards School Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, whose purpose is to secure sustainable resources and build effective partnerships to advance the mission of the Ann Richards School and the success of its students and alumnae.

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My mother felt it was important to have a school for girls that creates an educational foundation to be successful, and changes the lives of their family and people around them.

Ellen Richards
Chair Emeritus for the Ann Richards School Foundation


The Ann Richards School is a public school of choice with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for young women who love learning, have the desire to succeed, and care about the future of our world.

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Application Deadline

Apply by Friday, January 7, 2022 for the 2022-2023 School Year


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Campus Life

Our students work hard and play hard. Students are encouraged to enhance their studies through athletics, band, orchestra, choir, theatre arts, & dance. The Stars compete in the 5A district for UIL in Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country & Swimming.

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Nia has grown into what every mother wants their daughter to grow into, healthy, independent, truly caring about others, and your larger community.

Deborah Thomas
Parent of Nia Thomas, ARS Class of 2014