Young Women's Leadership Academy
About Our School
Grades 6 – 12 | Choice
Young Women’s Leadership Academy offers 6th-12th grade 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. Rigorous coursework, field-based exploration, personalized counseling, and a strong sisterhood all work together to help students transition from middle school to high school, then to higher education and beyond. YWLA is truly a hidden gem for a STEM-focused, college-bound education.
How to know Young Women’s Leadership Academy is right for your child:
- You want your daughter to be accepted to a 4-year university and have scholarship money to pay for college.
- You want your daughter to be involved in a close-knit, supportive community of teachers and students.
- You want your daughter to thrive in a single-gender environment that focuses on growing girls’ confidence and leadership abilities.
Unique ways your child can learn and grow here:
- Experience hands-on, interdisciplinary learning opportunities
- Take advanced courses to prepare for college success
- Explore unique leadership opportunities
YWLA has on-level and advanced course offerings at the middle school level which include many opportunities to earn high school credit. At the high school level, the campus only offers advanced coursework including dual-credit, dual-enrollment, and AP classes with many opportunities to earn college credit
Career and technical education pathways (high school)
- aerospace, biotechnology, business, education, and engineering
Other electives (middle school)
- AVID, college and career readiness, robotics, technology applications, teen leadership, STEM
Other electives (high school)
- AVID, OnRamps computer science, robotics
All course offerings can be found in the YWLA Course Catalog.
Student Interest Clubs
- Apple Student Mentor
- Basketball Club
- Fitness Club
- Green and Clean
- Kindness Crew
- Korean Club
- "Lit Sisters” Book Club
- Sole Sisters (Running Club)
- Spanish Conversational Club
- Respect Starts Here
- Battle of the Books
- National Honor Society
- National Junior Honor Society
- Robotics - First Lego League and First Tech Challenge
- Girls Innovate STEM Challenge
- Mayor’s Teen Council
At YWLA, students can participate in various sports to help foster good sportsmanship and help them stay active while building strong relationships with their peers. Our middle school athletic program offers a variety of sports that serve as the foundation for skills students will need to compete at the high school level. We have won district championships in basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track. Our high school is the only school in GPISD that is able to offer Lacrosse-thanks to our partnership with the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Additionally, our high school Volleyball team is led by a two time coach of the year recipient with 20 years of experience alongside his assistant coach, a former professional athlete. This has led us to win back to back 3A undefeated district championships.
- Track and Field
- HS Athletics
YWLA students have the opportunity to explore their artistic interests with a variety of Fine Arts courses. Our students compete at competitions ranging from district to state level. Some highlights include students winning multiple first place awards throughout the years in the Mi Tierra Competencia Folklórica. Our students in our Art program have won first and second place awards in the Spirit of Service GPISD Black History Month contest, the Gold Seat Award, the Congressional Art Contest Congressman MarcVeasey where student work was displayed in the Washington Congressional Museum for a year, and the TAEA Youth Art Month Capitol Art Award showcased in the Governor’s Business Office for a year.
- Ballet Folklorico
CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization)
Texas Association of Future Educators is a statewide CTSO that students join at YWLA who are interested in gaining skills and knowledge in teaching or other careers in education. YWLA TAFE has won many first-place competitions at the regional and state levels.
DECA is a National Organization that focuses on preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. We have had students qualify to compete in the DECA State CDC every year since our chapter was established at YWLA six years ago. We have also had state finalists in three of the last four years.
SkillsUSA empowers students at YWLA to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens to improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce. Our students have won several awards in the last few years, most notably in Health and Occupational Safety.
The Technology Student Association is open to middle and high school students interested in competing in teams in many areas, such as creating storybooks, art, robotics, coding, speaking, and many other fields. In 2019-2020, our middle and high school teams advanced to State.
Frequently Asked Questions
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