Recent News

6th Graders Share Virtual Reality Game Creations
Ms. Vargas’ 6th grade STEM class presented their virtual reality games to the school during morning assembly in early May to share what they learned through the Hello World program. Thanks to a grant from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and All Points North Foundation, Ann Richards School students spent the 2020-2021 school year learning web... Read more »
Class of 2021 Graduates 97 Seniors
97 seniors at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders graduated from high school on June 1, 2021 and will be pursuing their college dreams. The Class of 2021 has much to celebrate! Received more than $13.8 million in merit-based scholarships 90% are entering college with college credit from AP or dual credit classes... Read more »
9th Grader Wins ACE Mentor Program Scholarship
Ann Richards School 9th grader Amrutha M. participated in the ACE Mentor Program this Spring and was awarded the Topping-Out Award for outstanding participation in the program as a freshman. ACE stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering, and the program helps high schoolers learn about career opportunities in architecture, construction, engineering, and related construction professions.... Read more »
RUReady Texas Partners with Juniors
The junior class spent the Spring semester working with undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin – Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life as part of the RUReady Texas program. RUReady Texas is a program that aims to cultivate active citizenship through UT Austin students mentoring and teaching active civic engagement to high... Read more »
Ann Richards Students Testify for HB 321
Three Ann Richards School students joined Texas House Representative Donna Howard to testify in favor of HB 321 in late April. HB 321 would remove the luxury tax from certain feminine hygiene products in Texas. Class of 2021 senior Sukeji T., and Class of 2022 juniors Alice G. and Claire M. joined 11 other students... Read more »
U.S. News and World Report Ranks ARS at #98 Nationally and #12 in Texas
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was named one of the top public high schools in the country according to a new national list. The 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings placed our Stars at #98 nationally, #12 in Texas, and #2 in Austin. The list ranked over 17,800... Read more »
Reach for the Stars Sponsor Profile: The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation
  Why did you choose to serve as Presenting Sponsor? As a founding Board member of the Ann Richards School Foundation, I am proud to support the continued success of the amazing Ann Richards Stars. What do you enjoy most about Reach for the Stars? The event is electric with all the energy and promise... Read more »
Ruiz Signs to Play Volleyball at Concordia University
Senior KK Ruiz signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Concordia University next fall for the Tornados. Ruiz was a 1st Team All-District Setter and All-Academic Player in 2020 for District 17-5A, helping lead the Stars to a 17-2 record, the best in school history, and District championship. The senior was also an... Read more »
Middle School Stars Place 1st in YWPN STEAM Challenge
A group of our middle and high school Stars participated in the Young Women’s Preparatory Network STEAM Challenge on Saturday, March 27. Our middle school group proposed creating a wearable sensor to detect proper social distancing to protect against COVID-19. Our high school groups worked on safe drinking water in Bangladesh and alternative electronic vehicle... Read more »
Ms. Abby Eakin Named ARS Teacher of the Year
The 2020-2021 school year Teacher of the Year for the Ann Richards School is Ms. Abby Eakin. Ms. Eakin is in her 6th year at the Ann Richards School and teaches AP French, runs the PALS program (Peer Assistance Leadership and Service), and coaches cross country and middle school track. We caught up with Ms.... Read more »