Our schedule is 9:00 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) is located at 2206 Prather Lane, Austin, Texas 78704, in South Austin. The school is near the intersection of Ben White Boulevard and Lamar Boulevard. See a map and directions online.
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) provides transportation with most of the bus stops at or near neighborhood schools. For questions regarding your home address please visit the AISD School Bus Transportation website.
Yes, uniforms are required. Research shows that wearing uniforms benefits students by minimizing social, psychological, economic, and emotional distractions. Just think how quickly you can get ready for school without the time-consuming decisions of what to wear.
Note for incoming 2018-19 students: The skirts, skorts and other ARS plaid items will be in stock once Land’s End finalizes the agreement with the plaid supplier. We’ll notify all parents when those items become available.
Applications are available online or please see your school counselor to receive an application. Read more about the application process on our website under the Admissions section.
You don’t have to be a straight-A student, but you do have to be a student who enjoys learning, has the desire to succeed, wants to go to college, and cares about the future and our community. Your hand-written letter, first semester report card and attendance, last year’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores, and teacher recommendations have equal value in the scoring of your application. So, even if you don’t have the best grades or the highest test scores, you can still qualify by excelling in other areas.
More than 800 students in grades 6 – 12 attend ARS.
The demographics of our student body mirror that of our local community. Our student body is represented by 61% Hispanic, 20% Caucasian, 9% African-American, 8% Multiracial/Other, and 2% Asian-American.
Approximately 60% of our students qualified for free and reduced meals.
No, there are no tuition fees. While any Austin area student may apply, those living in the AISD boundaries will receive preference in the selection process.
Absolutely. Art, band, choir, dance, orchestra, and theater arts are offered.
Yes! Beginning in the seventh grade, girls may represent our school in a variety of sports, including volleyball, soccer, basketball, track & field, cross country, swimming, and tennis. According to U.I.L. rules for middle school, sixth graders cannot participate in school sports competitions.
We value learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom. Each grade level has field experiences that support our curriculum, in addition to several visits to colleges and universities.
Approximately 1 to 3 hours. Students may also have homework over the weekend.
Our teachers usually designate at least one morning or afternoon a week for tutoring and provide extra time for students as needed. Tutoring times are listed on the course syllabi distributed on the first day of school. Homework Haven is available before and after school for students to get tutorial support and have access to technology.
Wellness is a very important component of our school. Our girls must take a semester of physical education every year. We offer a variety of activities including sports, aerobics, dance and yoga.
In addition to after-school practices in sports and fine arts, we have unique academic clubs. Girls are also encouraged to organize clubs that they would like to see on campus.
We offer an array of electives in liberal arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and fine arts, both performing and visual.
Making friends at our school is exciting and fun because everyone is in the same boat, coming from different schools and looking for new friends. Working on group projects and participating in extra-curricular activities are effective ways to meet classmates.
We will obtain the necessary transfers for the girls who have been accepted into the program.
Caring about others is valuable and necessary. Service learning hours are required for each grade level, and each student completes more than 100 hours of community service. ARS students partner with local non-profit organizations and work on projects ranging from environmental conservation to arts programs for children and the elderly. Our girls have over 10,000 hours of service combined each year.
We use newsletters, flyers, communication from teachers and staff, email, Twitter, and our website. Our doors are always open to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have about your student’s experience at ARS.
ARS communicates information to families and staff members through the use of AISD’s SchoolMessenger communications system. The system allows the district and AISD schools to send important voice-recorded phone, text or e-mail notifications informing you of everything from a campus emergency to your student’s daily attendance.
ARS is based on proven models like the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem, New York, which pioneered public college preparatory schools for girls from economically disadvantaged families through support from public-private partnerships, and the Irma Rangel Leadership School in Dallas, Texas, the first public, all-girls school in the State of Texas. Both institutions provide a rigorous academic curriculum alongside a comprehensive college advising program and both consistently see 100% of their graduates accepted into college.
ARS is supported by a unique public-private-partnership between AISD and the Ann Richards School Foundation. AISD covers all the traditional operating expenses of any public school: salaries, facilities, transportation, maintenance, books, and computers. The Foundation is responsible for raising the funds needed for enrichment programming, including professional development for teachers, summer camps for students, college visits and advisement, and educational field trips.
ARS is a member of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, and the Young Women’s Leadership Network.