Recent News

Foundation Board Chair and Executive Director Receive Profiles in Power Nominations
The Austin Business Journal’s 2019 Profiles in Power nominations include two of the Ann Richards School’s own, Foundation Board Chair, Theresa Alvarez, and Foundation Executive Director, Jennifer Long. ABJ’s Profiles in Power features Central Texas Women of Influence from “technology to finance, law to marketing, retail to health care.” Five winners will be named on... Read more »
Class of 2019 Graduate Receives YWPN Scholar Award
The Young Women’s Preparatory Network announced their scholar awards and we are excited to share that Class of 2019 grad Karla R. received the award for the Ann Richards School this year. The YWPN Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to young women from a YWPN school that embody the mission and core... Read more »
Incoming Stars Learn the Ropes at Transition Camp
The week after the school year finished, our incoming Stars for next year had a pretty great experience at Transition Camp. These new Stars learned how to use a hand saw, drills and drives, so they could build a mini structure, and collaborated together on creating a cake masterpiece. Plus they closed out the week... Read more »
ARS Alumna Joins Rogers-O’Brien Construction for Summer Internship
This summer, Class of 2019 graduate, Astrid Jackson, joined the Rogers-O’Brien Construction team as a summer intern for Supervisor Mitch Kennedy. Our favorite new campus construction updates are from Astrid and Mitch. Look for them all summer long on Twitter.
JetBlue Foundation Helps Fund STEM Programming
Our 8th grade Star teachers are hard at work to start their summer with a STEM retreat thanks to a grant from the JetBlue Foundation. JetBlue Foundation provided a grant to the Ann Richards School Foundation to help enhance STEM programming at the Ann Richards School. The 8th grade team kicked things off with a... Read more »
Class of 2019 Graduates 91 Seniors
91 seniors at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders graduated from high school on May 28, 2019 and will be pursuing their college dreams. The Class of 2019 has much to celebrate! 100% acceptance to four-year colleges and universities Received more than $17 million in merit-based scholarships 90% are entering college with college... Read more »
Kim Collins Named Austin ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year
At the Austin ISD annual Salute Awards, middle school teacher Kim Collins was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the district. Ms. Collins has taught at Ann Richards for the past 5 years and a teacher for over 15 years. Collins teaches middle school math, high school engineering and coaches soccer at Ann Richards.... Read more »
Shamaa Lakshmanan Named a Finalist for H-E-B Excellence in Education Award
High school math and engineering teacher Shamaa Lakshmanan was named a Finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. Her nomination under the leadership category placed her in the top 5 of secondary educators in the state. Congratulations to Ms. Lakshmanan!
ARS Ranked #137 Nationally and #19 in Texas
The Ann Richards School was named one of the top public high schools in the country according to a new national list. The 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings placed our Stars at #137 nationally and #19 in Texas. The list ranked over 17,000 public high schools nationwide.
Seniors Partner with Austin Community for Capstone Projects
Last week our 12th graders presented their Capstone projects at St. Edward’s University in front of a professional panel, their teachers, and peers. Senior Capstone involves partnering with organizations throughout the Austin area to help address a need through all three STEM pathways: engineering, biomedical science and media technology. This year’s Capstone presentations included: Bloom... Read more »