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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
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.
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.
Young Men's Leadership Academy at Phillis Wheatley | 415 Gabriel St. | San Antonio, TX 78202 | Phone: (210) 354-9652 | Fax: (210) 228-3070
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