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About YMLA

The Young Men’s Leadership Academy is San Antonio’s first all-boys public school. It opened in August 2015 and represents SAISD’s expansion of this single-gender model of education. It is backed by research that indicates that boys and girls learn differently.

YMLA helps boys in grades 4-8 build the kind of strong internal foundation that is necessary for external success. Our belief is that every boy who enters our school, regardless of where he comes from, has great potential. We help him achieve that potential by setting high expectations and emphasizing character, leadership and discipline. This single-gender environment allows boys the freedom to openly express themselves and the space needed to develop positive self-esteem and sense of self-identity.

There is no cost to attend this SAISD in-district charter school, which is open to students from across Bexar County and surrounding areas.

Starting in 2017-2018, YMLA will serve grades 4-8, a crucial bridge period between the early elementary grades and high school.

Learn more about our program and see the benefits that it holds for your son, should your family decide to join YMLA, home of The Generals.

SAISD’s other single-gender campus is the exemplary Young Women’s Leadership Academy. That school opened in 2008 as the city’s only public all-girls school – it serves girls in grades 6-12 – and has been rated as one of the best in the state.

About Wheatley

Opened in 1933 as Wheatley High School at 415 Harrison Ave., (the street's former name) for African American students. Named after the famous 18th century African American poet.

At the end of the 1969-70 school year, Wheatley High School was closed.

In 1972 Emerson Middle School was relocated there from its home since 1924, 1023 N. Pine St.

The Wheatley name was transferred to a new high school which opened on the site of Brackenridge High in 1974.

In 1988 the Emerson name was removed from the school and the Phillis Wheatley name was restored.

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