Recent News

New Home of the Stars Opens for the Spring Semester
The new home for the Stars on Panther Trail officially opened and welcomed a small group of students on January 6, 2021. The new building will be able to serve up to 1,050 students in grades 6-12 from all over Austin.
Beloved Head Custodian and Original Star, Retires
A little over thirty-one years ago, Head Custodian Agustin Guzman started his first day at then T.N. Porter Middle School. Fast forward a few decades, Agustin and his crew have cared for the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders every day since the start of the school in the Fall of 2007. He and... Read more »
Hello World Provides Computer Science Curriculum Thanks to All Points North Foundation
Hello World, a computer science program taught by engineers, partnered with the Ann Richards School this fall for a virtual curriculum thanks to a grant from All Points North Foundation and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The web development and virtual reality programs are taught to all middle schoolers from 6th through 8th grade. Students connect... Read more »
Senior Matches with QuestBridge Scholarship
Class of 2021 senior Lizbeth F. started the month of December with some fantastic news. On December 1st, she opened her email to virtual confetti covering her laptop screen with a message about her selection as a QuestBridge Match Scholar with her number one choice for college, Yale University. Lizbeth will receive a four-year education... Read more »
Volleyball Wins 17-5A District Championship
Friday night was a district title sweep for the Ann Richards School volleyball teams. The 9th grade, junior varsity, and varsity volleyball teams each defeated Anderson, and the varsity squad clinched their UIL District 17-5A title. The Ann Richards Volleyball Stars closed out their regular season with a 16-1 record and ranked #10 in the... Read more »
Sneak Peek of the New Building
We proudly present the Starlight News crew featuring Annalissa, Emme, Lizbeth, and Sukeji as your Star Reporters, with Lucero behind the scenes editing. The Starlight News crew are excited to share a special tour of the new home of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Please enjoy! New Building Tour with the Starlight... Read more »
Starlight News Broadcasts Senior Speeches
One of the best Ann Richards School traditions, the Senior Speech, typically involves a senior imparting advice and inspiration to her younger sisters at a Monday morning all-school assembly in the Big Gym. The limitations brought on by the Coronavirus presented a challenge to continuing that tradition. Thankfully, the Starlight News crew stepped in and... Read more »
7th Graders Learn to Code Virtually
Ms. Josephson’s 7th grade STEM class has spent the month of October learning how to code at home using micro:bit. Students use Zoom to chat with Ms. Josephson in the classroom and Mr. Oren in the MakerSpace with a UTeach student-teacher to program robots that drive around the MakerSpace. The process involves the students sharing... Read more »
Thank you to our Star faculty on World Teacher Day
Today is World Teacher Day, and our Star faculty are with our students for the first time in person since Spring Break earlier this year. Their support of our students during the continued COVID-19 crisis has been crucial. There are a lot of emotions today and we appreciate all that they do to help our... Read more »
PhD Candidate Shares Research Story with Geoscience Class
Ms. Lucero’s Geoscience class had a special guest speaker via Zoom this week. PhD candidate Julia Cisneros joined our Stars for a presentation about her research on dunes and sediment transport. The presentation was part of the outreach program from the University of Texas – Jackson School of Geosciences in an effort to recruit more... Read more »