YWLA Selected as National Blue Ribbon School
Fort Worth, Texas - Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) has been selected as national 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Blue Ribbon Schools program was founded in 1982 to recognize public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels.
YWLA is Fort Worth ISD’s first single-gender school. It opened its doors in August, 2010, to 75 sixth-graders and 75 seventh-graders. The YWLA offers girls a dynamic learning experience that encourages critical thinking, inspires confidence, and nurtures both the intellectual and social development necessary to be successful in college, career and life. YWLA will graduate its first class of seniors in June, 2016.
The Young Women’s Leadership Academy is open to girls at all academic levels who want to achieve and go to college. Rigorous coursework and personalized counseling will help them transition from grade to grade and from high school to university.
All schools that were nominated for the 2016 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The nominated schools then had to complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education.
FWISD’s Charles Nash Elementary School was selected as a Blue Ribbon award winner in 2014. Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School was a nominee in 2012, but did not receive the national award.