Recent News

Ann Richards School Receives LEED Silver Certification
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was one of five Austin ISD 2017 Bond Program schools to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council. LEED provides a framework for healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving green buildings. The 2017 Austin ISD Bond Program incorporated... Read more »
Leadership Women Connect with the Stars
The Ann Richards School welcomed over 80 members from across Texas with the Leadership Women group, an organization that Governor Ann Richards founded, as part of an engagement opportunity in Austin. Leadership Women was established to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic,... Read more »
FAFSA Workshop Nights Help Star Seniors Find Financial Aid for College
Finding financing for college helps our Stars find their right fit so they can achieve their dreams of attending and graduating from college. Through support from the Ann Richards School Foundation, FAFSA Workshop Nights allow our College Advisor and College Center team to work with Class of 2023 families to help complete the Free Application... Read more »
Middle School Stars Learn to Code
Ms. Josephson’s 8th grade STEM class kicked off the computer science module for the fall semester with Hello World programming. Hello World offers web development and virtual reality programs that are taught to all middle schoolers from 6th through 8th grade. Students learn coding languages like HTML, CSS, Java, JavaScript, and Python. The Ann Richards... Read more »
Star Junior Participates in Spectrum News Challenge
Star Junior Lilith L. is one of three high school students in Texas selected to participate in the Spectrum News Challenge, a team-based quiz show based on what is in the news headlines. The Spectrum News Challenge consists of two high school teams, from two different states, competing to see how much they know about... Read more »
Stars Receive National AP Scholar Recognition
The curriculum at the Ann Richards School challenges students with college-preparatory level coursework. Advanced Placement (AP) classes give students experience with college-level academics while in high school. Colleges, universities, and scholarship programs look for AP-level coursework on applications to show that students are ready for college-level rigor. Students can earn college credit in high school... Read more »
First Day Back for the Stars
The Stars are back for the 2022-2023 school year with over 900 students kicking off the 16th year at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. A pep rally welcomed back the Stars with performances from the Color Guard, Cheer Team, Starlettes Dance Team, and the Marching Stars Band. Special guest speaker Jehmu Greene,... Read more »
Star Junior Participates in United Space School
Class of 2024 rising junior Amrutha C. spent two weeks this summer in Houston at the University of Houston – Clear Lake to participate in the United Space School program. Each year, the Foundation for International Space Education annually brings up to 50 students from 25 different nations for the United Space School program. The... Read more »
Class of 2023 Starts the School Year with Senior College Days
Before the start of the school year, 94 seniors from the Class of 2023 took a week off from summer break to begin the college application process during Senior College Days. Senior College Days involve a week of building a list of prospective colleges, learning about the pieces of a college application, creating a college... Read more »
YWPN Recognizes Ann Richards School Grads and Staff
The Young Women’s Preparatory Network announced the YWPN Scholars and Educators of Excellence Award recipients. The awards recognize exceptional students and educators from across the 10 schools in Texas in the YWPN network for their commitment to excellence and dedication to their school’s mission, culture, students, practice, and YWPN’s core values of college readiness, leadership,... Read more »