Recent News

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 »
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 »