Recent News

Ann Richards Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders will graduate the 8th senior class in its history in late May with 108 students. Senior Anne K. was named Valedictorian and will attend Dartmouth University, and Maya B. was named Salutatorian with plans to head to Rice University. In the fall, our graduates plan to attend... Read more »
MakerSpace Director Creates Face Shields for Dell Medical School
Last month, MakerSpace Director, Oren Connell, utilized the 3D printers and laser cutter in the MakerSpace to create over 200 face shields for Dell Medical School. The process involved using a 3D printer to create a visor to hold the shield on the head, and cutting a thin layer of clear plastic with the laser... Read more »
7th Grade Star Applies STEM Skills to Help Local Essential Businesses
It all started with Ms. Josephson’s STEM class project that involved all the 7th grade Stars learning how to sew this semester leading up to Spring Break. The COVID-19 outbreak offered a new lesson for STEM class during remote learning, create a DIY, non-sew mask. But 7th grader Emma T. decided to apply her sewing... Read more »
Ann Richards School Foundation Appoints Peggy Hanley New Executive Director
Peggy Hanley will serve as the Executive Director of the Ann Richards School Foundation. The Ann Richards School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds enhancement programs at the Ann Richards School, enabling young women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to gain the confidence and skills to apply, attend and graduate from college. The Foundation... Read more »
U.S. News and World Report Ranks ARS at #135 Nationally and #18 in Texas
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was named one of the top public high schools in the country according to a new national list. The 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings placed our Stars at #135 nationally, #18 in Texas, and #2 in Austin. The list ranked over 24,000... Read more »
Future Home of the Ann Richards School
Construction continues on the new home of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Rogers-O’Brien Construction recently shared some great coverage on the progress of the new building which included a virtual tour and some aerial photos. They also provided information on important safety protocols during COVID-19.
Junior Class Stars Supporting the Community
National Arts Honor Society members Melina, Deudilia, Guadalupe and Alexa connected with CapMetro and created posters of support for the bus drivers and other essential employees at CapMetro. Their signs are posted up at the Westgate Transit Center this week. Great to see our Stars supporting their community!
COVID-19 update
April 3 Update – Dear Austin ISD Family, Campus closures are never ideal, but there is nothing more important than the safety and health of our students, staff and families. With this in mind, I have determined that our 129 campus buildings will remain closed for an indefinite period of time, as part of the... Read more »
Online Learning Begins at the Ann Richards School
Last week, Ms. Brewer hosted a virtual party to connect with her 8th graders in the ‘Duck Pond.’ The class mostly joked about the fiascos behind a mashed-potato-milk-shake and the laughter was good for the soul. This is what online learning will look like at the Ann Richards School for the foreseeable future due to... Read more »
Austin ISD to Provide Meals During School Cancellations
March 31 Update – Austin ISD has received instructions from the state regarding meals for children to parents without children present. Austin ISD is now authorized to provide meals to parents for their child — even when the child is not present — provided they have one of the following forms of documentation at the... Read more »