One day, Ann Richards School students will change the world.

At the Ann Richards School, we are creating a pipeline of female leaders prepared to enter the workforce in STEM industries where women are traditionally under-represented.


As the first in her family to attend college, Governor Ann Richards was committed to advancing education and empowering young women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Ann Richards School is a public, all-girls college preparatory school of choice serving grades 6 through 12 in the Austin Independent School District.


Governor Ann Richards was actively involved in planning the school after visiting other successful single-gender schools and insisted that the best practices she observed be used to create academic, leadership and wellness programs for the school that bears her name. We welcomed the first 6th and 7th graders in August 2007, and added one grade level each academic year until 2012 when grades 6-12 were represented.

Mission Statement

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 for Young Women Leaders recently ranked on the Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools list at #78. US News & World Report ranks the Ann Richards School at #15 in the state of Texas and #121 nationally. Children at Risk ranked the Ann Richards School at #2 in the Greater Austin High School Rankings and #33 in the state of Texas.


The Ann Richards School is supported by a unique public-private partnership between Austin ISD and the Ann Richards School Foundation. The Foundation secures sustainable resources and builds effective partnerships to advance the mission of the Ann Richards School and the success of its students and alumni. Memberships are with the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) and National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), and as an affiliate school of the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN).

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