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The Young Women’s Leadership Academy, San Antonio’s first all-girls public school, opened in August 2008 as a tuition-free, college-preparatory school that focuses on math, science and technology – fields in which women are typically underrepresented. Over the last ten years, YWLA has cemented its status as a rigorous, yet supportive school that empowers young women to uncover the leaders within them.
At YWLA, students receive a quality education shaped by the core values of college preparation, responsible leadership, and wellness life skills, values that contribute to the type of well-rounded education that is vital to our students’ success in college.
Consistently rated Exemplary by the state since its inception, YWLA is a collaborative effort between SAISD and the Young Women's Preparatory Network.
All YWLA students are expected to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university. College prep is ensured through a rigorous curriculum and a strong academic support system. College and career counseling is an integral part of the school’s program.
Our young women are taught responsible leadership through active participation in extra-curricular activities and service-learning opportunities. The girls are encouraged to not only participate, but to create their own clubs and service-learning opportunities. Leadership is infused in the classroom and developed through summer enrichment programs, such as creative writing, crime scene investigation, NASA camps, and law camps.
The academic and leadership pillars are rounded out with a commitment to wellness life skills. Physical well-being and overall wellness are imperative to the success of our students. Through traditional physical education, athletic involvement, as well as participation in programs with partnering community organizations, YWLA students are taught to make decisions based on core values and personal health.
The campus site was originally the Horace Mann Junior High School that opened on February 1, 1937, and was named after the New England educator, Horace Mann. In the mid-1970s, Mann became a middle school. During the 2004-05 school year, Mann obtained internal charter school status and became an academy with an emphasis on the fine arts. The program was also designed to complement that of its neighboring high school, Jefferson HS, which hosts SAISD’s Fine Arts Magnet Program. Mann closed in 2008 due to declining enrollment and was converted thereafter.
Young Women's Leadership Academy | 2123 W Huisache Ave | San Antonio, TX 78201 | Phone: (210) 438-6525 | Fax: (210) 228-3194
It is the policy of San Antonio ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and SAISD's board policies DIA, FFH, and FFI.
Es norma del distrito de San Antonio no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, religión, origen nacional, sexo, identidad de género, expresión de género, orientación sexual o discapacidad, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda, y las pólizas DIA, FFH, y FFI de la mesa directiva de SAISD.
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