Recent News

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 »
Foundation Welcomes New Board and Advisory Council Members
The Ann Richards School Foundation is proud to welcome new members to its Board of Directors and Advisory Council, including the first Ann Richards School alumna Board member. We are grateful to the Foundation’s Board and Advisory Council for their leadership and support of the Ann Richards School community. New Board Members New Advisory Council... Read more »
Kim Collins Named Austin ISD Middle School Teacher of the Year
Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz stopped by ARS for a special surprise to name our amazing math teacher Ms. Collins the Austin ISD Middle School Teacher of the year! Ms. Collins teaches eighth-grade math and is in her 15th year of teaching. Courtesy of Austin ISD: Collins uses innovative learning strategies and transformative technology in her... Read more »
6th Grade Stars Help Austin Zoo Thanks to All Points North Foundation
Thanks to a grant from All Points North Foundation, our 6th graders start the school year with the “Modeling the Zoo Project.” The project involves the entire 6th grade class as they research and create enrichment solutions for rescue animals at the Austin Zoo. Our Stars use the MakerSpace to develop their design and building... Read more »
Marching Stars are Headed to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Monday after Spring Break turned out to be a very exciting one. Our Marching Stars found out that they will be participating in the November 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Wesley Whatley, Creative Producer with Macy’s, surprised the whole school with the announcement of a lifetime. We’re beyond excited for the Ann Richards Marching... Read more »
International Women’s Day: #BalanceforBetter
Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality. A balanced world is a better world and the Ann Richards School is taking action to empower students to engage with the business community to help create the pipeline for... Read more »
We broke ground!
The future campus of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders broke ground on February 22, 2019. Our state-of-the-art facility with 21st century learning spaces is scheduled to open in January 2021. At the groundbreaking ceremony, we recognized Ellen Richards, Michelle Milford Morse, Nicole Conley Johnson and Jeanne Goka – Groundbreaking Women in our... Read more »
Recap: Junior Internship Week
Our junior Stars closed out the month of February with internship week. These juniors put in some long hours at the office gaining real-world experiences all around Austin. Thank you to all of the businesses involved who helped our Stars learn some great skills!