Recent News

Grand Opening Celebration Welcomes Community
On Wednesday, March 30, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and Austin ISD welcomed the Austin community to celebrate the official grand opening of the new school. School leaders, district administrators, and Austin ISD Board members recognized all the hard work and dollars invested in bringing the new building to life as part... Read more »
The 2020-2021 Annual Report
Letter from the Executive Director Dear Friends, The 2020-2021 school year now feels far in the past, yet it was one to remember. During challenging times, our Stars utilized opportunities to connect virtually from the safety of their homes, and we moved into our new home – a state-of-the-art facility with 21st-century learning spaces to... Read more »
National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Honors Founding Principal Jeanne Goka
The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) has named Jeanne Goka, Founding Principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, its recipient of the prestigious Ransome Prize for 2021-2022. The Ransome Prize is presented in honor of NCGS co-founder Whitty Ransome. The Ann Richards School is a member of NCGS, a leading advocate... Read more »
Stars Help Casa Marianella with Clothing and Supplies
During the month of February, Ann Richards School students donated clothes, blankets, hygiene products, and food to help Casa Marianella, an organization in Austin that provides shelter, food, and supportive services to homeless immigrants. Class of 2022 senior Roxana M. helped organize the drive because she wanted to direct the donations to support the immigrant... Read more »
Foundation Welcomes New Board Members
The Ann Richards School Foundation is proud to welcome new members to its Board of Directors. We are grateful to the Foundation’s Board for their leadership and support of the Ann Richards School community. New Board Members Welcome Back to our Board Member
Watch Reach for the Stars
Reach for the Stars is the Ann Richards School Foundation’s annual fundraising gala to recognize the graduating class of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and celebrate their bright futures. Please enjoy a virtual presentation of Reach for the Stars where we celebrated the Class of 2022, our college-bound program success, and the... Read more »
8th Graders Design Better Rain Gear for Homeless Population
Ms. Josephson’s 8th grade STEM class started the spring semester with a design challenge to create an affordable, durable, and better raincoat for individuals experiencing homelessness. Students worked in groups, were provided a $10 budget for materials, and researched ways to enhance a rain poncho so that it would be more effective rain gear. Each... Read more »
Huerta Signs to Play Soccer at Houston Baptist University
Senior Alexa Huerta signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Houston Baptist University next fall for the Huskies. Huerta has been on the Stars Varsity soccer team and a 1st Team All-District Midfielder and All-Academic Player since her freshmen year. In 2019, when the Stars Soccer team played in 6A, Huerta was named... Read more »
Pathway Day Helps 8th Grade Stars Choose STEM Major for High School
Last Friday, our 8th grade Stars spent the day learning from their fellow Stars about the different high school pathways to choose and learn from when they start 9th grade next year. Pathways are a “major” or a sequence of four year-long courses in STEM coursework that challenge our Stars to solve community problems. The... Read more »