About the YWLA

  • MISSION & HISTORY


    Fort Worth ISD’s first single-gender school, the Young Women's Leadership Academy (YWLA), opened its doors in August 2010 to 75 sixth-graders and 75 seventh-graders. The YWLA meets the needs of young women by providing an outstanding college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on math, science, and technology. YWLA offers girls a dynamic learning experience that encourages critical thinking, inspires confidence, and nurtures the intellectual and social development necessary for success in college, career, and life. Challenging coursework, field-based exploration, and personalized counseling help students transition from middle school to high school and to higher education and beyond.

    The YWLA is made possible by a partnership between the Fort Worth ISD and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. The school is based on proven models: the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin and the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem.

    Additional YWLA highlights:

    • Leadership skills are emphasized along with excellence in math, science, and technology
    • YWLA is designed for students with a strong commitment to graduate from college
    • A grade level is added each year with the first graduating class in 2016
    • YWLA offers career strands in Bio-Mechanical Engineering & Integrated Digital Media and Animation
    • Students may participate in UIL Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field
    • Fort Worth ISD provides transportation for YWLA students who reside within the District


    PARTNERSHIPS

    Our mission is made possible by a partnership between the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) and the Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN). YWLA is based on the best practices of proven models: the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin and the Young Women’s Leadership Schools in East Harlem and Queens, New York. The YWLA is also supported in part by the Foundation for the Young Women's Leadership Academy of Fort Worth.

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